Thunderbirds compete in Destination Imagination |

Thunderbirds compete in Destination Imagination

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Provided to the Tribune Front row, from left, are Scotty Carlson and Bailey Barcellos. Back row, from left, are Austin White, Samantha Buscher, Kellen Gronwold, Alexis Maya and Jackson Baker.

The Tahoe Valley Thunderbirds won third place at the Destination Imagination Regional Championships early this month.

The 9- and 10-year-olds are given a project to complete in an eight-week period – without outside assistance. They must disprove an ancient myth, write a script, build the scenery, make the costumes, create the props and present the finished product to a panel of judges.

The Thunderbirds took the challenge. They visited the KOLO weather station and spoke with meteorologist Chris Larson to determine that it was impossible to create rain by climbing a tree, banging on a kettle, striking firebrands together and pouring water over twigs. They also had to test this myth by recreating the experiment, thereby disproving the 18th-century myth.

In addition to the Team Challenge, the teams also have to complete an Instant Challenge. Given six minutes and some everyday objects such as paper cups, string, paper clips, straws, rubber bands and mailing labels, the students had to construct the tallest object they could. The Thunderbirds created a 21-inch structure that secured them third place in the Instant Challenge category.

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