Destination Imagination Global Finals return to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – One of the world’s biggest celebrations of student creativity is back in Knoxville. Thousands of kids are competing in the Destination Imagination Global Finals.

Sally Yarar, a student from Israel said, “It is really exciting and amazing.”

This week at the Knoxville Convention Center and the University of Tennessee, Destination Imagination is bringing together the best and the brightest. More than 8,000 students are showing off their talents.

Jacob Beals is considered a local in the global finals. He comes from Milan, Tennessee, with his classmates. They have spent the whole school year building a project designed to grow their creativity.

“Destination Imagination gives you an outlet to show your creativity, give the whole world, literally a glimpse of you and I’m really proud to say I get to show people who I am,” said Beals.

Yarar made the trip here too, but her journey was further away. Her team came from Israel. They combined their different strengths for this competition. She thinks other kids should share their unique abilities with the world too.

Yarar said, “If you really really believe in yourself, come to the stage and present your culture and civilization.”

Destination Imagination, the non-profit organization teaches kids about science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities. The tournament includes experiential learning opportunities from robotics to space travel.

Event organizers plan on being back in Knoxville again next year. The expo marks the start of the 17th Destination Imagination Global Finals. The competition will wrap up this Saturday.

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