Frequently Asked Questions
As a leader in your school district, your budget is tied to the success of your students in and out of the classroom. Destination Imagination programs meet national education standards and have been shown to improve student performance.
The Destination Imagination Challenge Program is an easy and cost-effective way for school administrators to complement the curriculum and teach kids 21st century skills. It provides opportunities for kids to learn how to work together, solve problems effectively and experience the creative process.
Superintendents and Principals around the world are bringing Destination Imagination to their school systems.
What DI Can Offer Your School District
- DI complements current curriculum standards, supporting both Common Core and the upcoming Next Generation Science Standards.
- While many educational programs focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subject matter, Destination Imagination incorporates a wider range of subjects. We add Art and a Service Learning component to the formula: STEAMS.
- The DI Challenge Program teaches students acceptance, tolerance and respect through team building Challenges. These skills will help promote anti-bullying in your schools.
- DI is successfully being used in ESL classrooms encouraging all students to read and think in English to solve fun and engaging challenges.
- DI can help close the achievement gap by encouraging teamwork between students of various backgrounds, which is known to improve the performance of students on other classroom activities.
In 2011, researchers from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education conducted an independent research evaluation of the DI program. The evaluation focused on the program’s effectiveness, impact and participant satisfaction in areas relating to creative problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, teamwork and leadership. Among other findings, the researchers reported, “Students who participated in the activities and tournaments provided by DI outperformed comparable students who had not participated in DI on assessments measuring creative thinking, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving.”
- Students participating in Destination Imagination problem solving tournaments said in surveys that DI has helped them improve their grades, and that they "do better in school."
- Through participation in DI, students learn to collaborate and develop mutual respect for other people and ideas that may be different from their own.
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The Destination Imagination program is in more than 3,000 schools worldwide, and growing.
NYDI is the New York affiliate of Destination Imagination Inc.: a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization.
We inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.
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.