LAMB Wins at Destination Imagination Tournament

Washington, DC – March 7, 2016 – Three teams from the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School (LAMB) competed in Maryland’s West Central Regional Destination Imagination Tournament on February 27, 2016. One team won first place in their division, as well as the Spirit of DI award. The two other LAMB teams won second place in their divisions.

This is the third year that LAMB students have participated in Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity. In the DI program, teams choose one of seven challenges, then over the course of the school year they work together to create and develop their solutions.

The three LAMB teams that competed were:

  • Flying LAMBies – 2nd Place in “In Plain Sight” (scientific challenge)
  • Imaginary Ugh...Marshmallows – 2nd place in “Pace of Change” challenge (technical challenge)
  • Super Flying Shadow Guys – 1st Place in “Get A Clue” (fine arts challenge) & Award for DI Spirit

The Super Flying Shadow Guys will be moving on to the Maryland State DI Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

According to Diane Cottman, LAMB’s Executive Director, “PHENOMENAL, I am extremely proud of our students. They embody our school song, “Soy la promesa, Soy la posibilidad; I am the promise, I am the possibility.” With months of hard work after school, our students shattered stereotypes and seamlessly wove together Montessori, STEM, the humanities and a liberal arts education in 8-minute presentations that were absolutely magical. They are my “sheroes” and heroes: 61% have multiple risk factors, 38% SPED, 16% have 504 plans, 50% ELL, 61% Title I and 27% have experienced homelessness. I repeat, they are the promise, they are the possibility.”

For more details related to the elements of each challenge, please read the brief description of each challenge.

In the technical challenge, Team Imaginary Ugh Marshmallows had to:

  • Design and build a vehicle able to carry at least one team member across the presentation site multiple times.
  • Change the vehicle propulsion system and the vehicle movement method during the presentation.
  • Create and present a story about change. The story will include a change in a character.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

In the scientific challenge, the Amazing Flying LAMBies had to:

  • Research the many ways that camouflage is used by organisms in nature.
  • Showcase camouflage research in the visible appearance of an organism.
  • Create and present a story with a plot twist that is caused by the use of camouflage.
  • Apply camouflage methods to an original, team-designed and created set piece or prop.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

In the fine arts challenge, the Super Flying Shadow Guys had to:

  • Present a mystery story set on Earth in a team-chosen time period before 1990.
  • Discover, live on stage, which of the three suspect characters is responsible for the mystery.
  • Include a TechniClue that helps solve the mystery.
  • Present in the style of traverse staging.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.