Julia Kumpf has been in love with Destination Imagination, Science, and Engineering since joining her first Challenge A team in middle school. She was lucky enough to compete at Global Finals during her senior year in high school, and then promptly entered college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a degree in chemistry and physics. She found she couldn't live on science alone and became an appraiser for DI, and shortly thereafter a challenge master.

After graduating, Julia spent two years teaching high school chemistry and physics, where she designed two workshop-style curricula using many of DI’s best-practices.

While studying biophysics at Cornell University, Julia became an important part of NYDI, taking on the role of Regional Director for the Central Region, and co-Chair of our Board of Trustees.

Now a teacher in Massachusetts, Julia remains our co-Chair, and is taking an active role in marketing the NYDI program in new areas within New York state.

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.

We offer seven exciting standards-based Challenges in STEMImprovVisual ArtsService Learning, and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables students (K-university) to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. In solving our Challenges, teams learn important 21st century skills which will prepare them for a brilliant future. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge.

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


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