Destination Imagination

A Reader sent this description of Destination Imagination and I thought it might be of interest to many of you:

WHAT IS DESTINATION IMAGINATION?

Destination ImagiNation is the world’s largest non-profit, volunteer-driven organization devoted to helping kids gain practical life skills through interesting, entertaining and mind-boggling challenges. DI is a community-based program that enhances participants’ creativity, problem solving and teamwork skills in enjoyable and meaningful ways. Destination ImagiNation is widely used by schools (public, private and home) to extend and enrich the curriculum.

Teams of up to seven students organize, choose their challenge (from one of the five competitive challenges or the one non-competitive challenge) and produce a solution to their selected challenge. The team works together to apply creativity, critical thinking, and their particular talents to solve the challenge. Volunteer team managers (parents or community volunteers) facilitate the group, but cannot give technical or other assistance.

Teams present their solution at local, regional, and state tournaments. At each tournament, the winning teams advance to the next level of competition. The winners at the state tournaments will advance to Global Finals held each May.

The Destination ImagiNation competition has two components:

Instant Challenges teach students to respond quickly to the unplanned event by requiring them to solve a fun, surprise challenge on the spot. Teams must work together to quickly assess the situation and generate an appropriate and creative response within a few minutes.

Team Challenges require teams to utilize each member’s skills in such diverse areas as art, writing, technology, performance, engineering, and music to create a unique solution. Students learn to work together as they practice project management skills by meeting deadlines imposed by tournament dates and completing their solution within a specified budget. Teams present their solutions before a live audience and a panel of appraisers. Scoring is based on criteria specified in the challenge, which usually includes analysis of the team’s innovation, research, risk-taking and teamwork.

For more information visit the international Destination ImagiNation website at www.idodi.org.

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