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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!

2024-25 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.

Camp Gottalikachallenge

Want to keep the fun going over the summer? Every summer, we welcome campers from all over the world for a week of creativity camp in New Hampshire!

Last Call for Camp Gottalikachallenge! July 6, 2024 - There are just a few precious spots available for NHICC's Camp Gottalikachallenge, one of the oldest summer camps of its kind in the nation. Created by the same people who administer the New Hampshire Destination Imagination program, "GottaCamp" offers  two weeks to choose from: Starting July 28th 2024 in New Durham or starting August 4th… (more...)
Bedford, Milford Score Top Ten at Destination Imagination Global Finals May 25, 2024 - 16 teams from New Hampshire were among the over 600 teams from around the US and the World competing at Destination Imagination Global Finals this week in Kansas City, MO. Global Finals culminates a year in which teams must solve one of six STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) or Service Learning Challenges. Two New… (more...)
TeamNH Welcomed at Global Finals 2024 May 22, 2024 - Destination Imagination Global Finals 2024 opened this evening in Kansas City, MO. The largest celebration and competition of its kind is featuring teams from 16 New Hampshire communities including Auburn (2 teams), Bedford (4 teams), Bow, Concord, Derry (Pinkerton Academy), Hampstead, Merrimack (homeschooler team), Jaffrey-Rindge, Mascoma (2 teams), Milford and Windham. They will join teams… (more...)
16 NH School Teams Compete at Global Academic Tournament May 19, 2024 - The future of work calls for collaboration, communication, creativity and problem-solving skills - and these kids are ready. Now, they’re ready to compete as 16 New Hampshire student teams from around the state are heading to Kansas City, MO to represent New Hampshire at Destination Imagination Global Finals, which starts on Wednesday, May 25, 2024.… (more...)
TeamNH: Ready for Global Finals! May 17, 2024 - Over 100 teams of student creative problem-solving competed in STEAM based Challenges this year. Now, 16 of the top-scoring teams are heading to Destination Imagination Global Finals from May 22-25,2025 in Kansas City, MO. TeamNH will compete with teams from 35 states and 15 countries in Challenges based in science, technology, engineering, the arts, math… (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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