What is Destination Imagination?
- Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational non-profit organization that teaches the creative process to 200,000 students each year across grades K-12. In New Hampshire, over 3,000 students participate in the NH-DI program annually.
- Our program takes place across 48 states and more than 30 countries including Canada, Turkey, Korea, Guatemala, Poland, China, India, Great Britain, Brazil and Singapore.
- A 2011 study by the University of Virginia Curry School of Education found that students who participated in DI significantly outperformed non-DI students on standard assessments of creative thinking, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.
Who: Students in grades K-12 and college form teams of two to seven members. Each team needs an adult Team Manager. Team Managers help students stay on track but do not directly help the team develop their solution to the DI Challenge. Team managers are often faculty members or parents.
What: There are six new DI Challenges to choose from each year. Each of the Challenges is developed by a team of educators and industry experts who target a particular area of the curriculum and its related standards of content and performance. The areas of focus include: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Structural and Service Learning. There is also a non-competitive Early Learning Challenge that allows kids to build social and problem solving skills.
When: Each season takes place from September through May. Teams typically spend two to four months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions
Why: Teams in our program improve in creative thinking, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving. Participants experience the creative process, develop new friendships, and learn to work together.
For more information about Destination Imagination, visit the international web site (destinationimagination.org)