Our Events

Destination Imagination has several types of events throughout the year to support and celebrate the creativity and teamwork exemplified by our Teams and Team Managers.

A Principal’s Take on DI and Current Educational Paradigms

John Falino, Principal and International Baccalaureate (IB) World Head of School at Dobbs Ferry High School, has featured Destination Imagination on his blog, focusing on how DI fits into today’s educational paradigm, which is so dominated by concerns of student assessment, teaching of 21st Century Skills, and concerns of whether students are getting the well rounded education which they deserve. My interest is on the types of 21st century “survival” skills (T. Wagner) that students develop as a result of participating in DI. These skills include problem solving, collaboration, communication, curiosity/imagination, and self-direction/initiative. There’s so much talk these days about the how we measure and assess these “soft” skills and the types of authentic experiences that schools provide for students to develop them. It’s not …

Why Participate in DI? One DI Kid’s College Application Essay

The essay below was written by an 8-year Destination Imagination participant and 5-time Global Finals participant for his college applications. The student is now attending a top engineering school, and credits his acceptance in large part to his experiences in DI.

Our Mission

NYDI is the New York affiliate of Destination Imagination Inc.: a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. We inspire and equip students to achieve anything they can imagine in life. We offer seven exciting standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service 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.

While thinking of what DI has done for me… – A Poem

While thinking of what DI has done for me I couldn’t help but think in poetry Because like DI this form is quite effective In making a point from a unique perspective I would like to thank the board of the present, future and past For supporting DI and making it last I don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t have a chance To imagine, create and even sometimes dance While working in groups of up to six others Who through the years became my DI sisters and brothers People I still consider my close friends Even though our seasons have long ago come to an end The time that was used to think, ponder and create Helped inspire me to do something great …

Why Participate in DI? Maybe Tomorrow…

  Maybe Tomorrow… © Lindy Redmond  New York State Challenge Master for Instant Challenges “Me do it, ” said the two year old,“Mom, me will do it now,”“Oh no, my dear,” she replied,“I must show you how!”“Let me try it,” he called at three,“Let me make my bed,”“No, you will have some lumps in it,Color this instead.” So she placed the coloring bookNear him on the table,“Now try to color in the linesThe best that you are able.”“But Mom, I want to draw the worldAnd all the butterflies,I want to make the mountains tallAnd make rainbows in the skies.” “Color carefully,” she replied,“And color the flowers red,Color all the sky light blueStay in the lines,” she said.And as a four year old one dayHis shoes he …

Appraisers, Tournament Officials and Support Volunteers

Our tournaments and other events require a dedicated army of Appraisers, Tournament Officials and other Support Volunteers, so that we may provide an excellent experience for the teams of students who are attending. Appraisers score the teams’ solutions; there are officials responsible for everything from score tabulation to registration to merchandise sales; and there are support volunteers who take are of smaller [yet important] tasks like ensuring that performances aren’t interrupted, setting up for the tournament on the night before, or organizing medals for the Awards Ceremony.

About Team Managers

What is a Team Manager? Each team must have at least one adult (18 years of age or older) registered as its team manager of record. Each district or NYDI member organization has the right to determine who this person will be. The TM is generally responsible for recruiting, selecting and training the team. The TM may not work on the team challenge solution unless, as may be the case in College/Military teams, he or she is also a team member. The TMs responsibilities often include presenting the team challenge to the team, conducting brainstorming sessions to develop solutions to the team challenge, conducting and evaluating instant challenge practice sessions, helping the team obtain the materials and knowledge necessary to solve the team challenge, supervising …