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Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. Their purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, they offer seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve the Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage) to build on their unique strengths.
Access to the full Destination Imagination Team Challenges will be made available on September 1, 2017.
Each season takes place during the school year, culminating with Global Finals in May. Depending on the Challenge, teams typically spend two to four months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions.
The final program cost depends on location and whether the teams compete in academic competitions. Destination Imagination charges a global team registration fee, which comes with a Team Number, program materials and access to DI University for online training. A typical registration fee is $105-$125 for one team. Registration fees vary depending on the type of program materials (digital or printed) a team chooses. DI is a volunteer-led organization and licenses the distribution of the challenge program to state and country volunteer organizations called Affiliates. Licensed Affiliates also charge a state or country fee for volunteer training and academic competitions. This fee varies by location and may be collected separately.
For more pricing details, see the DI website: https://www.destinationimagination.org/challenge-program/start-a-team/
Teams can be formed through schools, clubs or on their own. Teams can be made up of 2-7 members and must have an adult Team Manager (often a teacher or parent).
Teams have the opportunity to showcase their solutions at local tournaments, many of which take place between February and April. When a team qualifies at the state level, they are invited to compete at Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of student creativity.
Outcome of the Activity:
Teams in their program will learn higher order thinking and improve in creative thinking, critical thinking and collaborative problem solving. Participants will learn and experience the creative process, develop new friendships and learn to work together.
Link to Destination Imagination KY: http://ky-di.org/