Elementary, middle and high school students will converge on the West Virginia University campus Saturday, April 7, for the West Virginia Creative Adventures Network (WV-CAN) state finals.

Teams will gather at 10 a.m. in the Coliseum for opening ceremonies. Competitions will follow at several locations on the Evansdale Campus throughout the day, culminating in an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. at the Coliseum.

First-place teams for each problem from each of the four divisions (primary, elementary, middle school and secondary) will have the opportunity to represent West Virginia at the second annual Destination ImagiNation Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville May 23-26.

WVU Honors Program Director Keith Garbutt said,”As plans were made for CAN to come to WVU , it seemed natural for the Honors Program to be the sponsor. Both CAN and the Honors Program encourage students to seek knowledge as well as develop creativity, discovery and innovation.”

Ten WVU Honors Program students will serve as student guides for the event. Created by a dedicated group of volunteers that includes both parents and educators, Destination ImagiNation is a community-based, school-friendly program that takes the ideas of creativity, problem-solving and teamwork and packages them in a fun and meaningful program.

Based on the concept of divergent thinking �€understanding that there is more than one way to solve a problem �€the program encourages children to build their strengths and to discover skills they never knew they possessed, be they technical, theatrical, analytical, comic, linguistic or musical. Destination ImagiNation also gives children a chance to expand on the skills and knowledge they have learned in school, but in a non-traditional way.

Students from the following schools will be participating in the competition:

  • Hardy County East Hardy Early/Middle School, East Hardy High

  • Jefferson County Blue Ridge Elementary, Charles Town Junior High, Harpers Ferry Junior High, South Jefferson Elementary, Shepherdstown Elementary and Middle Schools

  • Marion County Blackshere Elementary, East Dale Elementary/Middle School and Flemington Elementary

  • Monongalia County St. Francis Central Catholic