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Saturday: 400+ Students at NH-DI Southern Regional: NH Destination Imagination

Tournament in Amherst, Saturday; NH Destination Imagination Tournaments Test “Future of Work” Skills

Contact: Wayne Kurtzman, wayne@nh-di.org
              Talee Messenger, talee.messenger@nhicc.org

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Event Guide

This Saturday, March 9, 2024, Souhegan High School in Amherst, New Hampshire, will host the New Hampshire Destination Imagination Southern Regional Tournament. For over 400 students from 16 communities, the event is their chance to demonstrate their abilities in creative problem solving, innovation, and teamwork, as their teams come together to showcase their talents in competition.

Destination Imagination is a global educational nonprofit organization that encourages students to develop essential skills including creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication through hands-on, project-based Challenges. The regional tournament in Amherst will feature teams of students competing in various challenge categories, including scientific, technical, engineering, fine arts, improvisational, and service learning. Teams must solve their challenge, from ideation to solution, strictly by themselves without any assistance from non-team members.

Participants have been preparing for months, designing and building solutions to these complex Challenges that test their ingenuity and problem-solving abilities. The tournament will provide them with an opportunity to present their projects to a panel of Appraisers and to demonstrate the results of their hard work.

The Northern regional tournament will be in Meredith on Saturday, March 23rd. Top scoring teams in their Challenge and age groups will advance to NH Destination Imagination State Finals on April 9. The top scoring teams from that event will qualify to compete in Destination Imagination Global Finals in Kansas City, MO at the end of May.

The following communities will have teams participating in Amherst this Saturday:

Towns participating / # of teams Competing

Auburn 3
Bedford 17
Durham 2
Grantham 2
Hampstead 2
Jaffrey 3
Keene 6
Madbury 1
Manchester 2
Merrimack 2
Milford 5
Nashua 1
Rindge 1
Salem 3
Windham 9


WHO: Students K-12th grade from area New Hampshire schools and community groups. Teams of up to 7 students will compete within their chosen Challenge and age level.

WHAT: Destination Imagination Regional Tournaments. Team Challenges are often very visual and are focused in: Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, and Service Learning and Entrepreneurship. There is also a non-competitive Early Learning Challenge that allows participants to develop social and problem-solving skills. Top-finishing teams advance to the State Finals on April 9th; Top scoring teams from “States” can qualify to attend Destination Imagination Global Finals to compete with the best teams from 15 countries and nearly every state.


About NH-DI and NHICC 

The New Hampshire Innovation and Creativity Connection (NHICC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes teamwork, creative problem solving, and innovation in New Hampshire. NHICC works with students ranging from preschool to college and sponsors programs such as New Hampshire Destination Imagination® (NH-DI) to help young people in New Hampshire become future leaders and innovators. NHICC administers the Destination Imagination program in New Hampshire. NHICC also operates one of the oldest creativity summer camps in the country, Camp Gottalikachallenge.

Destination Imagination (DI)’s mission is to inspire and equip youth to imagine and innovate through the creative process. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Destination Imagination Challenge Program extends to over 150,000 students in 30 countries and nearly every U.S. state each year. DI’s core values include collaboration, respect, stewardship, perseverance, and integrity.

Globally Destination Imagination, Inc has over 1.5-million alumni – students who have been on teams while in school. New Hampshire has over 115,000 alumni, many who have returned as volunteers.