For release: March 9, 2011
For more information contact: Wayne Kurtzman, NH-DI Media Relations, wayne.kurtzman@nh-di.org

 

Student Creativity, Problem-Solving Skills To Be Competition-Tested

The first of nearly 270 teams compete in Nashua; Kingston This Saturday

When the need for creativity and innovation seem to be increasing, some 2,000 New Hampshire students are ready to have their creative problem-solving skills put to the test. The first week of New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation (NH-DI) competitions will be held this Saturday at Nashua High School and Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston. Next week, regional creativity competitions will be held at Plymouth State University and in Swanzey.

Destination ImagiNation® is a leading-edge non-profit organization dedicated to teaching participants the essential skills of creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. Teams of up to seven students solve Team Challenges that incorporate core school subjects with a focus in Technical Design, Structural Design, Science, Literature and the Arts, Community Service or Improvisational Techniques.

Teams from area schools compete within the Challenge and grade level in hopes of advancing to the State Finals next month, and ultimately to Global Finals to compete with problem-solving teams from around the world.

New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation this year will mark 30 years of bringing creativity programs to Granite State schools and community organizations. Every year, New Hampshire students join over 100,000 students from pre-K through college that take part in the program across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries.

 

**For credentialed press**

 

Nashua:

WHEN ON SITE, please ask for Michael Russell at the Information Desk. Cell:

Where: Nashua High School South.

 

When: Saturday, March 12.

 

Schedule: Posted at: http://www.nh-di.org/nashua-regional-2011/

 

Who: Some 500 students compete in mind-bending challenges. Competition starts at 9 AM.

Participating teams at the end of this release.

 

Press Kits: http://www.nh-di.org/press

 

Kingston Regional:

 

Where: Sanborn Regional High School, Kingston.

 

When: Saturday, March 12.

 

Schedule: Posted at: http://www.nh-di.org/kingston-regional-2011

 

Who: Over 450 students compete in mind-bending challenges. Competition starts at 9 AM.

Participating teams at the end of this release.

 

Press Kits: http://www.nh-di.org/press

 

 

 

Teams at the Nashua Regional

Academy of Science and Design
Auburn Village School
Bedford High School
Bicentennial Elementary School
Birch Hill Elementary
Charlotte Ave Elementary
Elm Street Middle School
Fairgrounds Middle School
Hollis DI
Hollis Elementary Schools
Hooksett Memorial School
Infant Jesus School
James Mastricola Elementary Scho
James Mastricola Upper Elementar
Lurgio Middle School
Main Dunstable Elementary
Maple Avenue Elementary Goffsto
McKelvie Intermediate School
Memorial School
Merrimack High School
Merrimack Middle School
Mountain View Middle Goffstown
Mt. View Middle School
Nashua Catholic Regional Junior
Nashua High School South
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Pelham Elementary School
Pelham Memorial School
Peter Woodbury School
Reeds Ferry School
Reeds Ferry School Merrimack
Riddle Brook School
Thorntons Ferry School

 

 

Teams at the Kingston Regional

Atkinson Academy
Barka Elementary
Chester Academy
Cooperative Middle School
Danville Elementary School
Hampstead Academy
Hampstead Central School
Lincoln Akerman School
Lincoln Street School
Londonderry School District
New Castle Elementary
North Hampton School
Oyster River Middle School
Pinkerton Academy
Rye Schools
Sandown Central School
Southern NH Montessori Academy
Timberlane Regional High School
Windham Center School
Windham Middle School
Winnacunnet High School

 

 

About New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation

 

 

Destination ImagiNation® is a leading-edge non-profit organization dedicated to teaching participants the essential skills of creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. Every year, we reach 100,000 students (from pre-K through college) across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries.
There are over 1.3 million Destination ImagiNation alumni around the world including over 120,000 New Hampshire alumni.

 

NH-DI is administered by the 501(c)3 non-profit NHICC™: New Hampshire’s Incredible Creativity Connection. NHICC, celebrating 29th years of creative problem solving programs for New Hampshire students, will run Destination ImagiNation for over 2,000 students from well over 150 Granite State schools and community organizations. NHICC also operates Camp Gottalikachallenge, our 17 year old summer creativity camps.

 

Learn more about NHICC and New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation at NH-DI.org, or the international Destination ImagiNation at www.IDODI.org.

 

Goals of Destination ImagiNation:

• Foster creative and critical thinking.

• Learn and apply creative problem solving methods and tools.

• Develop teamwork, collaboration, and leadership skills.

• Nurture research and inquiry skills, involving both creative exploration and attention to detail.

• Enhance and apply written and verbal communication and presentation skills (both impromptu and sustained).

• Promote the recognition, use, and development of many and varied strengths and talents.

• Encourage competence in, enthusiasm for, and commitment to real-life problem solving.

 

 

 

Destination ImagiNation® by the Numbers                                                                NH-DI by the Numbers

 

 

  • 100,000+ students take part in DI each year.
  • 6,000 – 7,000 schools participate each year.
  • 50 states and over 30 Countries take part in Destination ImagiNation programs.
  • 35,000 volunteers make this program work each year.
  • 18,000 of the volunteers are Team Managers.
  • 1.3 million Destination ImagiNation alumni.
  • Over 2,000 NH students each year.
  • Over 150 NH schools and community groups are represented.
  • Over 700 volunteers take part in NH-DI annually.
  • There are over 120,000 NH-DI alumni.

 

 

 

 

 

Major calendar dates

Dates and directions are updated at http://www.nh-di.org/resources/calendar/

Date Event Location
Sat. Oct 30 New Team Manager Training Pembroke Academy
Sat. Nov 20 Team Manager Café Training, Merrimack Valley Middle School, Penacook
Sat. Jan 8 Instant Combustion & Improv Workshop University of New Hampshire, Durham
Sat. Jan 29 Appraiser Training Merrimack Valley Middle School, Penacook
Sat. Feb 5 Appraiser Training Londonderry High School
Sat. Mar 12 NH-DI Regional Tournaments Nashua High School South
Sanborn Regional High School, Kingston
Sat. Mar 19 NH-DI Regional Tournaments Monadnock Regional HS;
Plymouth State University
Sat. Apr 2 NH-DI State Creativity Finals Nashua HS North
May 25-28, 2011 Destination ImagiNation Global Finals University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN