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Founded in 1999 by a group of volunteers from the Odyssey of the Mind program, and headquartered in New Jersey, Destination ImagiNation is designed for children from elementary-school age to college age. Participants are required to form teams of five to seven members to compete in various challenges that require complex thinking, problem-solving, creativity and teamwork.

The DI judges at the regional contest in Kingston, N.H., on March 15 were so impressed by the Mystery of Toys team’s response to their Instant Challenge — to design a stage backdrop using PVC pipe and toilet plungers — that they later awarded the Pelham kids the “Renaissance Award for Outstanding Design, Engineering, Execution and Performance.”

— JOHN COLLINS