For immediate release: March 6, 2012

For more information contact: Wayne Kurtzman, NH-DI Media Relations,
Michael Russell,


NH-DI Creative Problem Solving Tournaments Start Saturday in Hudson; N. Sutton

Over 2,300 NH Students to Compete with Hopes of Advancing to State Meet Later This Month

Creative problem solving, collaboration and communication skills of over 2,300 New Hampshire students will be put to the test starting Saturday as New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation teams start their Regional competitions. “DI” is the world’s largest creative problem solving organization for student teams from kindergarten through college.  The New Hampshire teams will join over 100,000 students in over 30 countries competing in judged challenges that incorporate core school subjects with a focus that is technical, scientific, arts-based, improvisational, structural or social-learning. What makes DI unique is that all solutions, including all ideas and construction must be done SOLEY by the team members, and not adults or friends.


Teams of up to seven students in over 100 schools and home school groups have been working since the fall to create a solution to showcase the team’s creativity, teamwork and innovation.


This Saturday, the first 1,200 students will participate in the regional competitions at Alvirne High School in Hudson and Kearsarge Regional High School in North Sutton, NH. Teams that advance in their Challenge and grade level will compete at Destination ImagiNation State Finals in Hampton at the end of the month. The top-scoring teams will then represent New Hampshire against teams from around the world at Global Finals.


New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation marks their 31st of bringing creativity programs to Granite State schools and community organizations.


WHERE: Alvirne High School, Hudson AND Kearsarge Regional High School, North Sutton


WHEN: Parade of Teams at 8AM; Competition starts at 9 AM. Best photo op time 9AM – 11:30; 1 – 3 PM.


(A full list of teams is at the end of this release)


WHY: In hopes of advancing to the State tournament, and ultimately Destination ImagiNation Global Finals to compete with teams from around the world.


For more information, visit their web site at


** EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Regional competitions continue on March 17th in Kingston and E. Swanzey. Information will be sent on those competitions next Monday.





Hudson Regional (Alvirne) # of Teams
Academy for Science and Design 6
Auburn Village 2
Bedford High School 1
Bicentennial Elementary School 7
Birch Hill Elementary 3
Charlotte Ave Elementary 4
Elm Street Middle School 1
FC Underhill School 3
Goffstown Maple Avenue 9
Goffstown Mountain View Elem 1
Hollis DI 4
Hooksett Memorial School 2
Infant Jesus School 1
Londonderry School 3
Main Dunstable Elementary 1
Mastricola Elementary 3
McKelvie Intermediate School 5
Memorial School 2
Merrimack High School 2
Merrimack Middle School 2
Merrimack Upper Elementary 1
Nashua Catholic Regional Junior 4
Nashua High School South 1
Nashua North High School 1
Oyster River Middle School 1
Peter Woodbury Elementary 6
Peter Woodbury School 2
Reeds Ferry School Merrimack N 2
Riddle Brook School 5
Schools of Greater Nashua 1
Southern NH Montessori Academy 1
Sunset Heights Elementary School 12



Kearsarge RHS N Sutton # of Teams
Alton Central School 5
Animal Quackers 1
Belmont Middle School 3
Berlin Schools 6
Bow Elementary 2
Bow Extracurricular Enrichment P 1
Bow Memorial School 4
Bow Schools 5
Conant/Rumford Elementary 1
Cooperative Middle School 1
Ed Fenn Elementary School 1
Grantham Village School 7
Hopkinton DI 1
Inter-Lakes 7
Kearsarge Regional Middle School 2
Lakeway Elementary School 1
Lighthouse Homeschool Co-op 2
Lincoln-Woodstock Cooperati 2
Londonderry School 4
Merrimack Valley High School 1
Mountain View Middle Sch 2
Newfound Area School District – 2
Paul School 1
Profile School 1
Relaxed Homeschoolers of NH 1
Rundlett Middle School 1
Strafford School 4
Sunset Heights Elementary School 2
Thornton Central School 1






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 31 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 19 year old summer creativity camps.


Learn more about NHICC and New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation at, or the international Destination ImagiNation at


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.



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