Update on the 2020-21 Season August 10, 2020 - We hope you are looking forward to another fun-filled NH-DI season! The ongoing pandemic has meant lots of changes, and here’s where we are right now... Destination Imagination is modifying the challenges for the 2020-2021 season to allow for safe, regular, remote interaction with peers, while continuing to offer fun and creativity. Most of the…
Camp at Home – Join Us! July 22, 2020 - Guest post from alumna Natalie Bronfine. Hi everyone! As we are nearing August, I know so much of the NH-DI family is missing the best week of the summer: Camp Gottalikachallenge. Trust me, I do too. Whether it's day camp or overnight, Gotta Camp is so many of our’s favorite place in the world. Solving… (more...)
News About the 2020-2021 DI Season June 9, 2020 - This post originally was posted on the Destination Imagination web site. Destination Imagination (DI) is excited to begin sharing the details of the 2020-21 Challenge season with our community. This is the first in a series of messages that will be delivered in the coming months. We appreciate your patience as we finalize our plans—rest… (more...)
Camp Gottalikachallenge Update… May 19, 2020 - We have come to the very sad conclusion that we cannot safely run our Gotta Camp sessions for Summer 2020. We know you are disappointed; we are too. Please know this was not a decision we made quickly or lightly. The health and safety of everyone in our Gotta Camp community is our top priority.… (more...)
5 Weeks of Must-See Activities, Resources (so far…) May 6, 2020 - For the past five weeks, educators and subject matter experts are helping NHICC/NH-DI create fun, STEAM-based educational activities for you and your family. Original content and curated content from across the interwebs are shared every Monday. Check out all five weeks of content here and sign up for the weekly updates - and more coming… (more...)
Check Out New Weekly Roundup Newsletter with Activities, Resources April 8, 2020 - We know things are tough, so New Hampshire Destination Imagination brought our subject matter experts and educators together to compile original and curated content and activities for you and your family in our NH-DI Weekly Roundup. Come join us and sign up for the weekly update! Details are right here! (more...)
What is Destination Imagination?

Destination Imagination® is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams showcase their solutions at tournaments all over the world.

Destination Imagination is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. Its purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Approximately 200,000 youth make friends and learn the creative process through DI programs every year, and are supported by nearly 40,000 volunteers.

Destination Imagination’s programs are developed annually to ensure they are relevant and align to National Education Standards, STEM standards, ELA Common Core Standards, and Mathematics Common Core Standards. Every year, with the help of parent volunteers, educators, and subject matter experts, DI designs new and exciting Challenges for student teams to solve.

How the DI Challenge Program Works

Up to seven members can be on a DI team, and students from kindergarten through university level participate. Each team also needs an adult Team Manager. Team Managers help students stay on track, but do not directly help the team to develop its solution to the DI Challenge. Team Managers are often faculty members or parents.

DI fosters students’ curiosity, courage and creativity as they solve Challenges together as a team. A big part of our program is the Interference policy: in short, kids have to imagine, create and develop solutions on their own. Parents, Team Managers, family and friends can’t suggest ideas or force teams in certain directions. Outsiders can only facilitate the acquisition of skills and knowledge.

There are seven new 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 children to further develop their social skills and nurtures their curiosity and creativity.

The season takes place from September through May. Depending on the Challenge, teams typically spend 2 to 4 months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions. While most schools run DI as an after school program, some school districts incorporate the program into their electives curriculum.

After weeks spent creating and developing their solutions, the team solutions are assessed at regional, state, or international tournaments. Our tournaments provide the opportunity for participants to celebrate creativity with their peers and promote healthy competition. Every year, local volunteers help run 200 tournaments around the world. Top-scoring teams advance to their state or country tournament, also known as an Affiliate Tournament. The top tier teams from each Affiliate Tournament have the opportunity to participate in Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of creativity.

Participants learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation, which fosters their curiosity, courage and creativity. Students in our program learn higher order thinking and improve in creative and critical thinking while learning to work together as a team. Participants also have the opportunity to develop new friendships with students around the world.

How You Can Get Started

If you are trying to find a local Destination Imagination program, or would like to launch a new DI program at your school, please contact us—we’re eager to help!

The volunteers on NH-DI’s Outreach Committee will answer any questions that you have about our programs. We can also send NH-DI representatives to help run a DI Information Night at your school.

 

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