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P.E.I. students compete in Destination Imagination finals in Knoxville

Students from two Island schools have just returned after competing at the global Destination Imagination finals in Knoxville, Tenn.

Competition focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics

From left: Kaitlyn MacNeill, Abby Chapman, Neleah Lavoie, Libby Smith, Kate Doyle, Emma Kiley, Cailyn MacAulay. (Submitted by Kathryn Rajamanie )

Students from two Island schools have just returned after competing at the global Destination Imagination finals in Knoxville, Tenn.

Seven intermediate students from Gulf Shore Consolidated School and Stonepark Intermediate School competed against schools from Canada, the U.S. and 14 other countries.

P.E.I. students don costumes they made at the Destination Imagination competition in Knoxville, Tenn.

Destination Imagination has students form teams and take on challenges that focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. 

Team 5th Impact from Stonepark Intermediate School. Top row, from left: Libby Smith, Kate Doyle. Bottom row, from left: Emma Kiley, Abby Chapman, Cailyn MacAulay. (Submitted by Kathryn Rajamanie)

Two students from Gulf Shore competed in an improv challenge, taking 25th place out of 62 teams. 

Kaitlyn MacNeill, left, and Neleah Lavoie from team 2 Sharks, 1 Direction from Gulf Shore Consolidated School. (Submitted by Kathryn Rajamanie)

"At first it was very overwhelming, but it was really fun because you also got to meet all these people from different cultures and different backgrounds who all came together and created difference solutions to many challenges," said 12-year-old Neleah Lavoie, a Grade 7 student at Gulf Shore Consolidated School.

"It was a great experience," said 14-year-old Gulf Shore student Kaitlyn MacNeill.

"I got to learn a lot about sciences, technology different strategies and logic."

Five students from Stonepark Intermediate School in Charlottetown competed in the structural challenge. 

The school's team created a structure that weighed only 172 grams that supported 985 pounds of weight. 

Stonepark student Cailyn MacAulay said the competition taught the students how to think outside the box.

"It was an amazing experience," said MacAulay.

The team placed 54th out of 70 teams.