Over 150 adult volunteers learned how to appraise the building blocks of the Future of Work at Destination Imagination Appraiser Training on Saturday at Pennichuck Middle School in Nashua. They will be evaluating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) solutions to complex
Challenges at Regional and State tournaments starting in March.
“Our volunteer Appraisers are learning to evaluate their Challenge, and the solutions that student
teams have been working on since the fall”, according to Wayne Kurtzman, Board Member of New Hampshire Destination Imagination.“They are looking for creativity, collaboration and unique problem-solving skills – and that the team of up to seven students actually did the work, from concept and build to performance all by themselves.”
A team of alumni, students who were once on teams as students but now part of the volunteer Appraiser force, took part in a short demonstration of a team challenge solution. While they spent two hours on the solution, actual teams spend months on researching and creating their solution.
Destination Imagination focuses on students building the creative process and building the skills in
facilitated team meetings. All the ideas come from the students themselves.
The new volunteer Appraisers spent the day learning about the program, and its global scope, and
learning, hands on about what teams actually go through to deliver a complex, STEAM-based solution to
a complex Challenge.
A second training will be held next week in the Concord area, with over 120 additional volunteers
planning to attend.
This year, over 1,000 N.H. students from K-college doing the Destination Imagination program will join
150,000 in 30 countries doing the same Challenges. Top scoring teams in regional and state competition
will advance to Global Finals in May in Kansas City, MO.
New Hampshire Destination Imagination has over 120,000 alumni, and are among the 1.6 million alumni
around the world who have taken part of the challenge based learning program.