Tips for Parents

This article courtesy of Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a non-profit that helps kids around the world discover their creativity. Our Challenge program invites student teams to solve open-ended Challenges and bring their solutions to a tournament.

Here are some tips to consider if your child is in the program:

  1. Be aware of Interference. Destination Imagination teaches the creative process by allowing kids to 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. It’s very important for the kids to do their own research and get their hands dirty. Outsiders can only facilitate the acquisition of skills and knowledge. For example, if the team needs to learn carpentry, a parent might contact a local contractor to teach the kids, or teach them himself. This must be teaching of general skills only. It is up to the kids to take these general carpentry skills and use them as they see fit in their Challenge solution.
  2. Be patient. Destination Imagination is Challenge based and process based. It also helps kids make friends and learn to work together. This means that a team will take a unique path to a unique solution. It will take time, and the kids may experience conflict along the way. The key is helping the kids to process the experience as they go. Give them an avenue to discuss opinions and vent frustrations together.
  3. Learn about the program. There are many moving parts to the Destination Imagination program. You can learn a lot about the program by reviewing our Program Materials, which are included with the purchase of a Team Number. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!