HOWLAND - The Howland Middle School Destination Imagination team is competing this week at Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn.
Patrice Darlington, a parent and team adviser, said an electronic recycling collection was held recently in cooperation with Howland Township to raise money to send the six-member team to the competition.
The five sixth graders and one eighth grader left Tuesday and were to compete through this week at the top DI event.
"This is the third year in a row that the school has had a team compete at the global finals," Darlington said.
Michaela Vasbinger, a sixth grader and team member, said the school has set a record with the number of times competing at global finals.
"It has been different teams each year, but many of the same core students have been on the teams," Darlington said.
Vasbinder is among the three new students this year to Destination Imagination.
"They have never done this before, and what a great opportunity for them to go all the way to global finals for their first year," Darlington said.
For the past two years, the team placed in the top 30 nationwide at the competition. There were 100 teams competing.
The electronic collection was one of the biggest fundraisers the team held, collecting computers, laptops, cell phones, vacuum cleaners, overhead projectors, printers and VCRs.
Darlington said the company Go Green PC, of Warrensville Heights, collected the items.
Darlington said the team competes in an event called Instant Challenge, where they go into a room and are given a problem to solve and items to use.
Vasbinder said one challenge involved a superhero fighting a bad guy and saving something.
"The challenge will tell you what has to be done and the materials that can be used. The materials could include mailing labels, straws and ping pong balls with the team having five minutes to prepare a skit, a story or to build something," Darlington said. "This makes the team think on their feet and work together as a team and quickly come up with a story and solution to the problem you are presenting."
Vasbinder said she is excited but nervous, since this is her first year competing.
The team competed in March at regional competition at Youngstown State University, placing first.
The team went to Mount Vernon Nazarene University in April for the state competition, where they placed third.
Darlington said the top three teams qualified to move to globals.
The team works with teacher Cindy Baer, who is the Howland DI coordinator.