Three teams from school divisions in the Peace region have qualified for the Global Destination Imagination competition this May in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The teams, one each from the Grande Prairie Public and Catholic districts, as well as one from Peace River school division, qualified through the provincial event held this past weekend at St. Joe’s high school.

Susan Picard is with the public school district and the affiliate director of D-I in Alberta.

She says the resiliency of the competitors is what impresses her the most.

“There are days where things are going really well, and then their solution just does not work and it all falls apart, and they have to pick up the pieces and start all over.  Or suddenly their team has some kind of big falling out, and they have to find a way to come back together.  And so it is kind of an amazing journey to watch.”

Destination Imagination is a creative, problem solving program where children work in teams over the course of several months to solve challenges in areas like engineering, science, fine arts, structural, and community service.

The teams that qualified will now fine tune their presentation over the next few months, as well as fundraise for their trip to Tennessee.