OMS DI State FirstOsseo Area Schools’ "DIdeas Keep On Comin" team took first place at the State Destination Imagination tournament on April 9. The team will advance to Destination Imagination's Global Finals, the world's largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 25-28 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Team members are James Pipkin and Emma Thomas from Osseo Senior High, Erin Besser and Jess Bray from Maple Grove Senior High and Brynn Moncur and Adamson Novak from Osseo Middle School. They will compete in the secondary level Fine Arts challenge, one of seven, open-ended challenges that require students to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, in addition to their talents in improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, community service and social entrepreneurship.

Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Its academic challenges are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think, and then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments.