17,000 compete in Destination Imagination's Global Finals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- More than 1,000 teams have been in Knoxville the last four days participating in the world's largest creative thinking and problem solving competition.

Kids from 42 states and 16 countries finished the Global Finals 2014 Saturday night, hosted by Destination Imagination.

The teams were given challenges and had to find ways to solve them using skills like science, math, technology, and writing, theater arts, writing, and project management.

They may have been competing for the top prize, but they're taking away a lot more.

"At the time, they don't realize that they're learning interpersonal skills, like conflict management and team management. They don't realize they're learning team management skills, like negotiating, making a presentation, and public speaking," say CEO Dr. Chuck Cadle.

American Idol contestant Rachel Hale performed a song at the end of the event, one that the kids wrote.

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