Rich Kawolics, Destination Imagination, (515) 294-7277
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AMES, Iowa – About 8,000 students – elementary through college age – are at Iowa State University May 24 – 28 for an international problem-solving competition.

"D2K Global Finals" is the last event of the season for Destination ImagiNation. DI is a new organization that is similar to Odyssey of the Mind. Iowa State hosted Odyssey world final events in 1990, 1994 and 1996. DI promotes team-based, creative problem solving and presentations.

D2K officially opens with a ceremony at Hilton Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. today (May 24). Competitions are held all day Thursday through Saturday (May 25 – 27). Large group events also will be held nightly at Hilton or the Lied Recreation Center.

The 759 teams competing in Ames have advanced from regional and state competitions. They represent 50 states and three foreign countries – Brazil, Korea and Ecuador.

Student teams will compete at one of four levels: elementary (K-5), intermediate (grades 6 – 8), secondary (grades 9 – 12) and college. Competitions, with the exception of "instant challenges" (impromptu problems for which teams have a few minutes to create and present) will be held in auditoriums or gymnasiums in Forker, Carver, Coover, MacKay and Music halls; Lied Recreation Center; Design Center; Memorial Union (Sun Room and Great Hall); Fisher Theater; Stephens Auditorium; and Scheman (Benton Auditorium). All instant challenges will be performed in Pearson Hall classrooms.

Each team is scored on its performance in an instant challenge, plus one of six team challenges. The team challenges all focus on food, as "food for thought" is DI’s theme for 1999-2000.

A "Really Big Duck Tape Thing" will be assembled in the courtyard south of Scheman Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As teams finish competing, they are invited to bring a piece of their prop to this site and, with duct tape, add it to the "Thing."

Iowa teams qualifying for D2K and the competitions they are entered are:

It’s Not Impastable!:
Elementary – Roosevelt Elementary School, Ames, Saturday, Lied Recreation Center.
Intermediate – Panorama G/T Program, Panora, Saturday, Lied Recreation Center
Secondary – Panorama G/T Program, Panora, Thursday, Lied Recreation Center

Fruit Roller Coaster:
Elementary – Woodbury Central School, Moville, Thursday, Great Hall, Memorial Union.
Intermediate – Maharishi School, Team Kiwi, Fairfield, Thursday, Sun Room, Memorial Union.
Secondary – Maharishi School, Team Kiwi, Fairfield, Friday, 117 MacKay.

Mixing Apples and Oranges:
Elementary — West Des Moines ELP Program, Friday, West Des Moines,1 Carver Hall.
Intermediate — Hiatt Middle School, Des Moines, Friday,101 Carver Hall.
Secondary — Harlan Community High School, Friday, Lush Auditorium, Kildee Hall.

If Music Be the Food of Life…Play On!:
Elementary — St. Matthew’s School, Cedar Rapids, Friday, Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building.
Intermediate — Maharishi School, Team Kiwi, Fairfield, Friday, Fisher Theater.
Secondary — Coon Rapids-Bayard Schools, Coon Rapids, Saturday, 104 Music Hall.

Elementary — Sergeant Bluff-Luton Elementary School, Saturday, Sergeant Bluff, 202 Forker Building.
Intermediate — Urbandale Middle School, Team A, Urbandale, Saturday, 184 Forker Building.
Secondary — Denison High School, Denison, Saturday, 175 Forker Building.

Instant Pudding Improv:
Elementary — West Des Moines ELP Program, West Des Moines, Thursday, Gallery 181, Design Center.
Intermediate — St. Albert School, Team A, Council Bluffs, Thursday, 2245 Coover Hall.
Secondary — Urbandale High School, Urbandale, Thursday, Design Center.


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