The Future of Work skills including collaboration, creativity, communication and leveraging knowledge with problem-solving are what over 200 New Hampshire Destination Imagination teams brought to state competition this year. Next week, the top 29 Granite State student teams will compete at Destination Imagination Global Finals in Kansas City, MO from  May 22 – 25. Destination Imagination, or “D.I.” is run in over 30 countries and in every state. 14 countries and 40 states will be participating in “the world’s largest celebration of creativity.”

Teams have been working since the fall in Challenges based focused in: Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, and Service Learning area, but all comprise many elements of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). The solutions to these open-ended Challenges must be strictly solved and created by team members. This develops communication skills, trust and leveraging talents across the team.

“It took us a long time to realize out own potential and solve our team challenge, but it was all worth it. If we can raise the funds it will be a fabulous experience”, according to Arianna Jones-Douthart and Kaitlyn Durfee of the Laconia Middle School, REAL Initiative team.

Teams have been working to raise the funds for the one-in-a-lifetime experience since they qualified for Global Finals at the New Hampshire State Finals in late March.

Teams compete in the select Challenge and age group. Teams from the following towns have qualified and will attend Global Finals: Bedford (4 teams), Berlin, Concord, Derry, Dover, Goffstown (2 teams), Grantham (3 teams), Hollis, Jaffrey (2 teams), Keene (2 teams), Laconia, Littleton (2 teams), Londonderry, Manchester, Milford (2 teams), Nashua, New Ipswich (2 teams), Plaistow, South Hampton, Sunapee, Swanzey, Thornton and Windham.

The Welcome Ceremony and Awards Ceremony will be webcast live on on Wednesday night at 8:30PM ET and Saturday at 5:00 PM ET respectively.