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Our Mission

To engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills.

We inspire and equip students to achieve anything they can imagine in life.

NYDI's Challenge Experience is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, curiosity and courage through open-ended academic Challenges. We hold tournaments where student teams showcase their solutions to STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Challenges. Our participants build a lifelong confidence in working together to solve any challenge.

NYDI is the New York affiliate of Destination Imagination Inc.: a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization.

Our Program

Our program begins in early fall when the year’s Challenges are issued. Teams of up to seven students organize, choose their challenge and work for months honing their solution. Volunteer team managers (parents, teachers, etc.) facilitate the group, but cannot give technical or other assistance. Teams present their solutions at local and state tournaments, which narrow the field to about 15 teams from each state or international affiliate. These teams compete in the ultimate creativity showdown, Global Finals, each May.

Teams can be organized by school districts, a club, or even by a group of parents. Starting in the program is easy and inexpensive.

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