April 22, 2014
Destination Imagination would like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to create and submit a video for the Destination Imagination & Scotch Duct Tape Video Contest. We received more than 100 creative video entries from DI teams around the world, and the DI and Scotch staff had a difficult time narrowing down the results. Based on memorable contest and delivery, overall impact, teamwork, and creativity, here are the 3 finalists:
April 21, 2014
In preparation for the 2014-15 season of Destination Imagination, we’re implementing the Affiliate Growth Director pilot program and are looking for volunteers to help support us in the development of this program. If you are interested in helping your DI Affliate reach more students, we invite you to become an Affiliate Growth Director.
April 17, 2014
I’ve always loved Destination Imagination, but it wasn’t until the past year that I realized how much DI has truly meant to me. In my senior year of high school, I saw two inspirational TED talks, one by Sir Ken Robinson, and one by Seth Godin. Both focused on this central question: “What is school for?” After thirteen years of schooling, I realized that I had never thought of that question before. I had no answer, either. As a DI alumnus, I recognized a problem that needed solving.
April 15, 2014
Today kicks off of World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW). This worldwide event is a time to inspire new action, create novel ideas, make new decisions, and encourage people to use their creativity to make the world a better place. Founded in 2001, WCIW is now celebrated in more than 50 countries in businesses, schools, associations, organizations and communities celebrate the event every year.
April 14, 2014
Our friends at Einstein in a Box are huge fans of DI-ers and want to give back again with a giveaway for their latest box edition, Swing into Spring. With Swing into Spring, your budding young stemists will not only learn about greenhouses and agriculture, they’ll create ingenious inventions, enhance their critical problem solving skills and, most importantly, have fun!
April 11, 2014
Are you ready to celebrate 8,000 of the most creative minds in the world? Next month, students from more than 15 countries will gather in Knoxville, TN for the world’s largest celebration of creativity and innovation. For those of you who are DI-ers, parents of DI-ers, volunteers or alumni, you know the journey to Global Finals is one that takes an incredible amount of teamwork, courage and perseverance.
April 08, 2014
We know that many of you have already begun planning fundraising strategies for your Affiliate Tournament or Global Finals, and the Destination Imagination Family Game Night is a great way to incorporate a fun activity to raise money for your team as well as show your community how creative and innovative you are. Even if you’re not fundraising, hosting a Game Night is a fantastic way to bring your family and friends together for a great night of creativity and fun. Plus, you have the chance to win a great prize just for participating!
April 07, 2014
We’re extremely honored to announce that Destination Imagination is joining forces with the Conrad Foundation for their annual Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge (Conrad Challenge). Created by Nancy Conrad to honor the legacy of her husband naval aviator, NASA astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad, the Conrad Challenge invites high school students to ‘get their genius on’ by using their STEM skills to develop innovative products to help solve global and local problems while supporting global sustainability. Similar to DI teams, student teams compete for awards and recognition. At the Conrad Foundation’s annual Innovation Summit, they have the opportunity to present their innovative products and vie for seed grants, patent support and commercial opportunities.
April 02, 2014
Teaching creative thinking is important for developing the next generation of innovators to include artists and musicians. Creative imagination is a thought process which involves divergent and convergent thinking relating to a problem, need, motive, or desire, and a person’s creative imagination can be enhanced by context, thinking tools, and culture. This type of thinking is reflective and attentive, and can be negatively influenced by constraints, such as time pressure, a non-supportive environment, improper group dynamics, poor health, and stress.
March 28, 2014Recently, we teamed up with our friends at National Geographic to construct the Engineering Exploration Challenge. Comprised of three separate Challenges, the National Geographic Kids Engineering Exploration Challenge is open to all persons ages 6 – 18 worldwide, so you don’t have to be a DI-er to participate. For this special Challenge, we want you to think like an engineer and develop a solution to one of the three Challenges listed below. If your design is chosen, you’ll not only have bragging rights but will have the opportunity to participate in the National Geographic Google+ Hangout. During the Hangout, your solution could be tested by National Geographic engineers in the top-secret Engineering Lab. The deadline to enter is May 1, 2014. Start your team, choose your Challenge and begin devising your solution today!