Destination Imagination is a non for profit after school organization that teaches the creative process from imagination to innovation. Every August DI releases a challenge in each of the following categories: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Structural and Service Learning. In September teams (of up to 7 students, grades 3-12) pick a challenge and spend the next several months creating a solution. In the spring, they present their solutions to trained appraisers at tournaments held in their regions. Teams also solve instant challenges which require on the fly thinking at the tournaments. Top finishers head to Knoxville, TN for the Global Finals in May. DI fosters creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage and guides students as they learn to use their unique strengths to help their team. A very Minds-On program.
To give a few examples, the 2015 structural challenge asks teams to design and build a structure that bot supports weight and is a musical instrument. In the technical challenge students will design and build a vehicle able to carry at least one team member across the presentation site multiple times. The scientific challenge asked students to research the many ways that camouflage is used by organisms in nature and to create a story with a plot twist caused by the use of camouflage.
This is a time intensive after school activity that runs from September through May. Student groups need a teacher or parent facilitator. There is support for those who want to start DI in their communities.