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The social interaction they’ve missed. The project-based learning they need. Are your kids ready to rebuild the social interaction and skill-building that were put on pause? Help them reengage in learning by joining a Destination Imagination team!

Team Challenges

Our Team Challenges are open-ended and enable students to learn and experience the creative process while fostering their creativity, curiosity and courage.

Remote Teamwork

Can’t safely meet in person yet? No problem! This New Hampshire team has created a tutorial with tips on how to work together online.

Time to Start a Team; NH-DI at 40 October 15, 2021 - It's time to register your teams for the new Destination Imagination (DI) season! Participants in Destination Imagination have always learned to be flexible, think on their feet and to be creative. (We have all needed some of that!). Whether you are bringing teams together in person, remotely or a bit of both, the 2021-2022 D.I.… (more...)
2021-2022 Team Challenges Released September 1, 2021 - Earlier today, Destination Imagination released all seven of the full 2021-2022 in-person Team Challenges! Once you have purchased the Team Number, and the Team Manager has confirmed their background check, the Team Manager will have instant access to the Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning Challenges. To see short descriptions… (more...)
Hats Off to our NH-DI Global Finals Teams! July 21, 2021 - We've said it once, we'll say it again: It's been a year. Still, even with a year of virtual creativity, collaboration and more STEAM-centric problem solving than usual, we held our competition. Over the past few weeks, qualifying New Hampshire Destination Imagination teams competed in the Global Finals event, featuring top-scoring teams from around the… (more...)
Welcome Our Newest Board Members June 26, 2021 - A note to our family of members: NHICC, New Hampshire Innovation and Connectivity Connection, the not-for-profit organization that administers New Hampshire Destination Imagination, Camp Gottalikachallenge and Girls Engineering the Future is happy to announce the election of our newest board members: Jenna Caputo and Jake Oudheusden. Both have been successful in maintaining our alumni community. They… (more...)
437 Mile Trip for our Newest Alumni May 14, 2021 - Many of the NH-DI family know Jenna and Jake who lead our alumni council. Last week these two volunteers and alumni (who were on teams when they were students) drove 437 miles in New Hampshire to deliver 25 NH-DI tassels and alumni send-off kits for graduating seniors. From Nashua to Berlin and a lot of… (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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