Custom-Built Vehicle Lands Texas Students in Destination ImagiNation Global Competition

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Explorations Preparatory School lauds seven students who will advance to the global competition and five on their way to the state competition.

Front: Caroline Crawford, Sarah Tota, Brian Marshall
Back: Hannah Piper, Anna Cryer, Sophie Slaughter, Brady Pardue

Front: Caroline Crawford, Sarah Tota, Brian Marshall Back: Hannah Piper, Anna Cryer, Sophie Slaughter, Brady Pardue

We are so proud of the outstanding achievement of our students. . . . It's fantastic to see them receive positive recognition for all their hard work and dedication.

When Santa Claus missed an orphanage on Christmas Eve, Explorations Preparatory School students stepped up to save the day—by designing and building their own motorized vehicle.

Their original story and vehicle recently helped send seven participants from the Flower Mound-based private school to the global phase of Destination ImagiNation, a competition designed to test the creativity and problem-solving skills of students.

This accomplishment marks the first time Explorations Preparatory School students have made it to the global competition, where they will compete with counterparts from all 50 states and more than 30 countries.

“We are so proud of the outstanding achievement of our students,” says Andrea Slaughter, director of Explorations Preparatory School. “It's fantastic to see them receive positive recognition for all of their hard work and dedication.”

The students from Explorations went head to head with other schools at the state competition in Corpus Christi in April and placed fourth in the state.

Competing in the Assembly Required challenge, the students developed their own original story and song along with their motorized vehicle. The team had eight minutes to tell their story, sing their song, assemble 40 products, and deliver them before time ran out.

“These achievements testify to our school's strength in creative, scientific and problem-solving skills, as well as to the collaborative spirit of our students,” adds Jennifer Miller, a board member at the school and one of several who mentored the students.

Team managers Karrie Piper and Betty Webb led the student team that will advance to the global competition for Destination ImagiNation. The students include:

  •     Caroline Crawford, age 11, fifth grade, Flower Mound
  •     Anna Cryer, age 10, fourth grade, Carrollton
  •     Brian Marshall, age 11, fifth grade, Flower Mound
  •     Brady Pardue, age 10, fifth grade, Flower Mound
  •     Hannah Piper, age 11, fifth grade, Flower Mound
  •     Sarah Tota, age 11, fifth grade, Coppell
  •     Sophie Slaughter, age 10, fourth grade, Lantana

Five students will also advance to the state competition for the Private Schools Interscholastic Association at Texas Christian University in May. These students include:

  •     Andres Cardenas, age 9, fourth grade, Lewisville (Maps, Graphs, and Charts)
  •     Caroline Crawford, age 11, fifth grade, Flower Mound (Math)
  •     Brady Pardue, age 10, fifth grade, Flower Mound (Math and Maps, Graphs, and Charts)
  •     Hannah Piper, age 11, fifth grade, Flower Mound (Ready Writing)
  •     Sophie Slaughter, age 10, fourth grade, Lantana (Ready Writing and Math)

ABOUT EXPLORATIONS PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Explorations Preparatory School is a private theme-based school located in Flower Mound with an emphasis on math and science. The school presently serves Pre-K through fifth grades, even while it expands to its much-anticipated middle school by systematically adding one grade each year for the next three years. With a daily curriculum that includes hands-on lessons in math and science, certified teachers use the school-wide themes to teach language arts, history, French and Spanish, social studies, art and art history, and more. To learn more about Explorations Preparatory School, visit http://www.explorationsprep.com.

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