A Destination Imagination program at your school can be part of your curriculum, can augment your curriculum as an elective, can be a co-curricular activity, or could be a parent / student run club.
Teams in our program improve in creative thinking, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving. Participants experience the creative process, develop new friendships, and learn to work together. The creative process is about 21st century learning where students experience project management, creativity, imagination, collaboration and communication.
Superintendents, Principals, and Teachers around the world are bringing Destination Imagination to their school systems.
NYDI volunteers met the East Aurora community on Saturday, August 24th at a local shopping plaza.
There were two DI activities available:
- Build a free-standing, weight-bearing tower from cards, toothpicks and marshmallows
- Construct a bridge for a ping-pong or golf ball to cross made from paper, straws and mailing labels.
On Sunday, August 4th, NYDI challenged children attending the Taste of Williamsville to build free-standing structures from pasta and gummies. They were asked to hold a box of raisins or can of tuna with their structures to test the strength.
The children made a variety of creative structures, some able to hold multiple cans of tuna!
NYDI exhibited at Nassau PTA Arts in Education Showcase on April 8th. Volunteers attended a PTA showcase at The Cradle of Aviation in Nassau and explained the Destination Imagination program to the approximately 300 attendees. PTA leaders and school personnel learned about the various Challenges offered and the Creative Process. Many were intrigued by the blending of requirements for the arts, science and technology within the Challenges.
NYDI ProjectOUTREACH Team Reaches Out; Continues to Fight Childhood Cancer
A High School team from Clarence Central School District took on the DI Service Learning Challenge, ProjectOUTREACH last year. This team volunteered in the children’s unit of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. The students taught the patients origami and provided materials to the unit; when the team was not on the unit, other hospital volunteers and staff would utilize the origami kits to keep their small patients busy while undergoing lengthy treatments.
700 compete in Destination Imagination
By FRANZISKA CASTILLO
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: March 2, 2003)
Just because there was no sweating involved in yesterday's Destination Imagination tournament didn't mean it wasn't as strenuous as any athletic competition.
No one had to pole vault anything, but coming up with a skit about a pig lost in a windstorm, in less than 30 minutes, wasn't exactly a walk in the park, said competitor Jayme Epstein, 13.
"It's like agility for the brain," Epstein said breathlessly as her Dobbs Ferry Middle School team waited to be judged in the "Once Improv A Time" division.