Imagination runs wild at Rocklin schools

By: Staff report
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Two Rocklin schools recently showed off their creativity at the Destination ImagiNation competition. Rocklin Rockets’ Destination ImagiNation team from Granite Oaks Middle School, Smarter Than Einstein, scored first place in the middle level at the California Creativity Regional Tournament held in Roseville March 7, for the technical challenge, Operation Cooperation. The team worked for several months to design and construct two machines to perform various tasks, integrated with an eight-minute team-created performance based on the theme of international cooperation. Rocklin Academy, an elementary charter school in Rocklin, took first in the middle division for their team, The Dangerous Rocklin Rocket Eagles of Goldenness. The team also won the Da Vinci award for outstanding creativity. Rocklin Academy’s second-grade team, Angel Girls, will perform as an exhibition at the state finals. Destination ImagiNation is an extracurricular program, enhancing teamwork, project management, research, performance and technical skills. Smarter Than Einstein and The Dangerous Rocklin Rocket Eagles of Goldenness teams will now advance to state finals, to be held at Independence High School in San Jose April 4. From state finals, they may earn the highest honor of advancing to global finals, held the following month in Knoxville, Tenn. “We couldn’t be more proud of both teams (at Rocklin Academy),” said Carrie Van der Linden, team leader for Rocklin Academy. “They’ve been working together on these projects since October and it is amazing to watch all of the individual pieces come together to create such amazing performances.” For more information on the Destination ImagiNation program, which begins each fall, visit