For more information contact: Wayne Kurtzman, NH-DI Media Relations at wayne.kurtzman@nh-di.org

600 NH Students to Compete With Logic & Creativity; Hoping to Go Global

98 NH Student Teams Compete Saturday in Hampton with Hopes to Advance to Destination ImagiNation Global Finals

 

In the fall, over 2,300 New Hampshire students were among the 125,000 students in 30 countries using logic and “out-of-the-box” creative problem solving skills in the non-profit Destination ImagiNation program. This weekend, the top New Hampshire teams will compete at Winnicunnet High School in Hampton with hopes of earning the privilege of representing the Granite State at Destination ImagiNation Global Finals in May.

 

The “Challenges” these teams have been working on for months incorporate core school subjects with a focus that is technical, scientific, arts-based, improvisational, structural or social-learning. Team solutions may appear to be a seven-minute performance in competition. In reality, they are a demonstration of each Challenge’s roughly 17 scoring areas and help teach students how to effectively communicate the team’s work. Over the past two weeks, many of the nearly 300 NH teams – some with amazing solutions – didn’t score high enough to advance to the State Finals. The point is they did succeed at driving results and solutions to competition!

 

Making “DI” even more unique is team members take total ownership of the solution. Each idea used in the solution, budget management and construction is managed solely by the seven student team members and not their friends nor the adult facilitator (Team Managers).

 

Teams that advance to Destination ImagiNation Global Finals will compete with teams from all 50 states and at least 13 countries at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in late May.

 

Editor Notes:

 

What:     NH Destination ImagiNation State Finals

Why:     To advance to Destination ImagiNation Global Finals, the world’s largest creative problem solving competition to compete with creative problem-solving teams from all 50 states and at least 13 countries.

Who:      NH Destination ImagiNation teams from around the state that has successfully competed in regional competitions.
Complete school list below. Schedule will be posted at: http://www.nh-di.org/state_finals_2012/

When:    Saturday, March 31 from 8 – 5 (Best photo opportunities are between 9:15 – 3:30)

Where:  Winnacunnet High School, Hampton, NH.

 


 

Save Time:

–          When arriving, contact Wayne Kurtzman (above contact info) to help steer you to the teams in your geography.

–          Have a copy of How to Watch a DI Challenge handy. www.NH-DI.org/press

–          Our Press Kit has a copy of the organization’s stats and info for easy copy writing www.NH-DI.org/press

–          NH and DI Logos are available at: www.NH-DI.org/press

 The following organizations have teams participating:

 

Team Org

# of Teams

Academy for Science and Design

1

Alton Central School

1

Animal Quackers (Grantham)

1

Auburn Village

1

Bedford High School

1

Belmont Middle School

1

Berlin Schools

1

Bicentennial Elementary School

3

Birch Hill Elementary

2

Bow Extracurricular Enrichment P

1

Bow Memorial School

2

Bow Schools

3

Chesterfield School

2

Conant High School

2

Cooperative Middle School

2

Dover Middle School

1

Garrison Elementary School

1

Goffstown Maple Avenue

1

Grantham Village School

1

Hampstead Academy

2

Highbridge Hill Elementary

2

Hillsboro Deering Elem Sch

1

Hillsborodeering Middle School

1

Hollis DI

6

Hopkinton DI

1

Infant Jesus School (Nashua)

1

Inter-Lakes

2

Jaffrey Grade School

1

Jaffrey Rindge Middle School

1

Lamprey River Elementary

1

Lebanon High School

2

Lincoln Akerman School

2

Lincoln-Woodstock Coop

1

Londonderry Schools

4

McKelvie Intermediate School

2

Merrimack Middle School

1

Merrimack Upper Elementary

1

Milford Elementary DI

2

Milford High School

1

Milford Middle School

1

Monadnock Regional HS

2

Monadnock Regional Middle/Cutler

1

Mountain View Middle Sch

1

Nashua Catholic Regional Junior

1

Nashua High School South

1

Nashua North High School

1

New Castle Elementary

1

North  Hampton School

1

North Hampton School

1

Paul School

1

Pinkerton Academy

3

Profile School

1

Random Adolescents

1

Riddle Brook School

1

Sandown Central

1

Segnet (Enfield)

1

Strafford School

2

Sunset Heights Elementary School

3

Thornton Central School

1

Timberlane Regional High School

1

Windham DI

5

Winnacunnet High School

1

WLC-DI

2

 

 

 

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 125,000 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 NH-DI.org, or the international Destination ImagiNation at www.IDODI.org.

 

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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