2014 State Tournament Special Awards

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DaVinci Award

This Award is offered for exceptional creativity (not skill or talent), a unique approach to the challenge and/or risk taking.  The solution need not be successful to qualify for this award.  This is Destination Imagination”s most prestigious award and is not given lightly.

Renaissance Award

This award is offered for exceptional skill in the areas of engineering, design, or performance.  Recipients have demonstrated outstanding skills in areas of engineering, design, or performance.  This award is offered for skill rather than creativity.

Spirit of Discovery & Imagination Award

“Spirit of DI”

This award is presented  for exceptional Spirit, Teamwork, Volunteerism and Sportsmanship.  The award recognizes those who act as superior role models in the areas of spirit, sportsmanship and volunteerism. Recipients are examples of outstanding spirit, sportsmanship and volunteerism.  This award is not considered a “hard luck” award.

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TOURCHBEARER Award

This award honors teams and/or individuals whose solutions have extraordinary impact in and beyond their local communities.

 

 Recipients

DaVinci Award
EL Dig In
105-48728 The 7 Dynamites

Rather than using a single detection method, this team exhibited a varied and unique approach to object detection using methods such as electrical circuitry and conductivity, weight, density and floatability, vibration, shaking and sound. This approach, their creative container design and their level of risk taking made them stand out to their appraiser for the DeVinci Award Honor.

 

Renaissance Award
EL Dig In
105-84930 The Burning Thunderbolts

This team wowed the appraiser with their autonomous equipment and scenery. They used precise engineering, including repelling magnets to collect all 10 objects in one single pass without intervention. Their methods to depict various lifelike buildings were beyond exceptional. The team’s attention to detail from floor to roof was amazing in said buildings. Their volcanoes displayed, erupted in 3 unexpected ways!

 

Renaissance Award
ML Dig In
105-90129

This team wowed the appraiser with their superb technical solution! From their fully automated object detection, retrieval, and delivery to their larger than life demonstration of the process. This team showed exceptional skills in mechanical design, electrically engineering, and Arduino programing. On top of their fantastic technically solution, with its clever rail system and trap doors, this team gave a great performance with memorable characters. Their detective duo traveled around the world, and each famous landmark was recreated by the team in miniature, with great attention to detail and craftsmanship. The exceptional skill this team has demonstrated in their technically solution as well as their props, scenery, and skit is why we are excited to give this Renaissance Award to the World Wide Tigers!

 

DaVinci Award
ML Dig In
105-41539 Dial M for Murder

This team blew the appraisers away. Their skit opened with excellent costumes of unusual characters, cleverly unfolded into a hilarious, hi-energy adventure that we couldn’t get enough of. On top of their unique characters, including a particularly young health inspector and clever coyote. The team amazed us with their unique technical solution. Their use of vacuums was wonderfully executed, and their devices were masterfully designed. The team’s unique humor was mixed in all levels of their skit, from their characters and script to their technical devices themselves. For knocking the appraisers socks off with an extraordinarily creative skit, technical solution, and tam choice elements. We are excited to give this DaVinci Award to “Dial M for Meatballs!”

 

DaVinci Award
ML Going to Extremes
105-36774 Auto Taco with a Side of Guaco

Very relative way of combining simple elements and engineer them to convey and build on story and message. Specifically the heat generator from a salad mixer and variable length that support, the PVC, refrigerated vault to contain the ice-cream and the flexibility to swap out ice-cream states (frozen and melted). Very cute ice-cream cat!

 

Renaissance Award
EL Laugh Art loud
105-69112 Imagine Pandas Ada

This team wowed the appraisers with their giant eyelid that was a time portal. This elaborate device opened and shut utilizing pulleys and ropes. The eyelid was cleverly constructed with fabric, swimming pool noodles, and PVC piping.

 

Renaissance Award
EL Pandemonium
105-07407 Crazy Cool

This team treated us to a true piece of entertainment. Seamlessly linking sustainable research, through preparation and nimble improvisation, this group managed to have kabuki trip up a 14th century Spanish explorer (complete with accent and astrolabe) and 21st century cake decorator in a dark jungle in a way that actually made sense.

 

Renaissance Award
ML Pandemonium
105-46757 Flubba Hubba Bubba

The use of non-traditional make-up such as Turmeric, Baking Power and Alcohol for their chemical properties and changes during the performance helps enhance the characters’ change and expressions were different and out of the box.

 

 

DaVinci Award
ML Pandemonium
105-62889 Fearsome Five

We nominate them for this award because of the creative integration of clown makeup as a wife and odor tester. It was a creative alteration of make-up to create two distinct characters in the skip that left us laughing and entertained! Other unique aspects were the use of the clown to scare and smell armpits, the perfume sneezes were an interesting way of spraying, and the human computers and phones gave good and bad advice to help move the skip along.

 

Renaissance Award
SL Pandemonium
105-42369 Get Down Goblins

We would like to nominate this team for their humorous, creative, energetic and overall presentation. The group was able to create a well-structured and highly entertaining skit incorporating the randomly assigned characters of a 1700’s barrel-maker and a 21st century animal nutritionist, the situation of being trapped in a dance club and a Kabuki character with make-up in an “Unusual” location. Well Done!

 

Renaissance Award
SL The Tension Builds
105-40645 Give Us 3 Minutes

The team demonstrated outstanding skill in the area of design, engineering, execution, and performance. In building a structure that supported over 550 pounds, designed and build a hovercraft out of household material, created a hot air balloon, and with some well-designed costumes made from recycled materials, all of which were well integrated into the story that depicted tension and an ability to overcome it.

 

Torchbearer Award
EL Pitch & Play 
105-31809 Uh-oh, I Forgot the Name!

This team stepped way “out of the box” to make a lasting and ongoing impact. They produced a DVD to uplift and encourage children in the hospital. We were extremely touched to hear from the hospital staff the impact that their DVD made on the children.

 

Renaissance Award
EL Pitch & Play
105-33234 The Unstoppables

So many teams who performed project outreach Pitch & Play made wonderful contributions to their communities, but The Unstoppables’ goal of earthquake preparedness grew into an unstoppable cause. The members of this team seemed to BECOME their quest of making sure members of their community were aware and prepared. As each of their goals were realized, another larger more expansive goal would take its place…and it would be realized. Enthusiasm and hard work combined with creative inspiration spurred this team to continue its work long past this competition. They are worthy of the Renaissance Award.

 

Renaissance Award
ML Pitch & Play
105-51253 The Other Team

This team competed in the middle level Pitch & Play challenge. Its project was community education on the dangers of food allergies. The team created two amazing electromechanical characters for use in illustrating  their points. They made a life-size person who demonstrated diarrhea, (dropped plastic balls), vomiting (more plastic balls), hives (lights), and throat problems (expanding and contracting trachea. It was engineered with batteries, wires, Legos and duct tape to move and light. They also designed and built an oversized brain costume mounted on a backpack to hold it in place over the actors head. The brain was a good two feet in size from front to back and 18 inches side to side. It was molded from foam and plastic and divided into two hemispheres with an open area between them flash cards flipped up in the open area between the hemispheres. Each card tripped a switch which illuminated lights mounted on the actors body, which emphasized the message on the card. Another was an epi-pen which had side and front panels, which opened to provide information. The “point” was made in the dialogue. Another character was a shrimp with used Capri sun packets as scales, a head piece made from a bicycle helmet covered with poster board, glitter and moveable eyes. The shrimp also had silver PVC for legs. The mechanical and electrical engineering was amazing. The team also wrote a song with original lyrics set to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. They choreographed an original dance routine to it. The script was extremely imaginative and well-timed acting. They did not miss a cue or by great, well timed acting. They did not miss a cue or beat. The entire presentation was very kid innovative. Members could articulate in great detail how everything worked. The “WOW” factor was definitely there.

 

Spirit of DI
ML Instant Challenge (Laugh Art loud)
105-11906 The Klee Players

A sixth Grader along with a team of 6 kindergarteners competing at the middle level instant challenge showed us what leadership meant. Their teamwork was evident from the moment they were checked in, organized, cooperated together, encouraged one another to share their ideas. The eldest member honored their ideas, encouraged each to participate and gave positive feedback to the younger members while building the structure, showing grace, poise and leadership beyond her years under pressure. A role model for the young team and all of us!

 

Spirit of DI

Individual
Crystal Piotrowski

Crystal has been volunteering DI for the last 6 years. She has helped in any way she could. Helping set up until midnight Friday night then getting up at 6am Saturday mornings to do whatever was needed and works until all is done at 9 or 10pm Saturday night. She has been doing this at both the Regional and State level for all 6 years. She has also helped at Global Finals one year. At 15 she even took on leadership roles in the region by serving as regional secretary and merchandise coordinator. Crystal does this with a smile and great attitude even though she wishes she could be on a team. Every year she has tried to get a team together and it has not worked out. Most kids would walk away and give up on DI but not her. Her love for DI is so strong she has chosen to be part of DI in any way she can and to help since she cannot be on a team. She even responds well to being picked on by regional and state tournament staffs. Crystal truly shows she has exceptional Spirit, Teamwork, Volunteerism and Sportsmanship and should receive the Spirit of DI.

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