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Destination Imagination

For students from Kinder to 5th Grade

Vision

To be the global leader in teaching the creative process from imagination to innovation.
 

Mission

To develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity. The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.
 

History

Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. Our purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.
 
Our organization was incorporated in 1982, when we took over the charter for OM Association, Inc. In 1999, our name was changed to Destination Imagination, Inc. Since then, our non-profit has impacted more than one million participants. Approximately 200,000 youth make friends and learn the creative process through our programs every year, and 38,000 volunteers support us!
 
All of our programs are Challenge-based, and they teach the creative process from imagination to innovation. Our goal is to help student teams learn to be creative in every aspect of their lives.
 
Our Challenge program is our most popular offering. At the start of the season, teams choose one of seven Challenges. After weeks spent creating, developing and practicing their solutions, they go to a local tournament. Top-scoring teams advance to state or country tournaments. The top level of the tournament is our Global Finals—the world's largest celebration of creativity.
 
Our programs are developed annually to ensure they are relevant and align to National Education Standards, STEM standards, ELA Common Core Standards and Mathematics Common Core Standards. Every year, with the help of parent volunteers, educators, and subject matter experts, we design new and exciting Challenges for student teams to solve.
 
Teaching the Creative Process: from Imagination to Innovation
Our goal at Destination Imagination is to give students the chance to learn and experience the creative process. The creative process is about thinking and doing in no prescribed order. Some people "do" first and then think about what they have done, while others "think" first, then initiate action. Below are the components of the creative process that our participants experience while solving our Challenges.
 
Advisors: Ms. Andrea Trujillo
 

 

 

RECOGNIZE
Becoming aware of a challenge or opportunity within a domain of interest
Possibility thinking; problem finding
Maintaining a healthy state of mind (alertness, attitude, brain health)
IMAGINE
Applying thinking skills to develop ideas for solutions
Learning to think flexibly between divergent and convergent processes
Learning fluency and future thinking
INITIATE AND COLLABORATE
Using process and design thinking
Taking risks and learning to control behavior
Working in a collaborative manner
Learning and practicing interpersonal and leadership skills
ASSESS
Monitoring progress; sometimes requires starting over or admitting failure
EVALUATE AND CELEBRATE
Reflecting on the experience, resources, teamwork, and celebrating the solution