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Education Matters: Destination Imagination

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More than 20 schools across Arkansas will compete in the state finals of Destination Imagination.

The goal is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.

Some fourth graders at Gibbs Magnet Elementary in Little Rock make up one of the groups taking on the challenge.

With drums and keyboards, they're ready to rock and roll.

We got a sneak peek at the project they'll show off April 7 at the state tournament.

"It's just really fun having to problem solve and build everything and being creative," says Lillie.

"We have learned about not giving up because there have been a lot of problems in here," adds Annika.

They do the work required for the peoject, from the stage setup and design to the production of their performance.

For Kris, this is her first time doing Destination Imagination.

"I just really loved how they do their plays and I just really wanted to be a part of it," she says.

The nonprofit inspires students to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation.

This year's challenge is a musical that includes a change of plans, one spectacle and recycled material.

The other rules include working within a minimum 10 by 10 space. Plus, they have to set up and perform within eight minutes.

The fourth graders wrote their musical about a garage band on the search for a new member, who quit abruptly due to a family emergency. They find a new member who hides her face.

Through their performance, they want people to know.

"If they start throwing roses, we'll share the fragrance too. We're all in this together," she says.

"Treat people the way you want to be treated or don't judge a book by its cover," continues Annika.

The students hope their message strikes a chord with the judges and earns them the top spot.


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