March 06, 2014
Our new Global Finals site is live! Check it out today at www.GlobalFinals.org
We are only 75 days away from Destination Imagination’s 2014 Global Finals! As thousands of teams from all over the world have been working hard on their Challenge solutions, we have been striving to enhance Global Finals to make it a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of our attendees.
Are you ready for Global Finals 2014?
With more than 1,300 of this season’s highest scoring teams expected to attend the event, Global Finals 2014 will be the largest celebration of creativity in Destination Imagination history. The scheduled festivities include the Destination Imagination Tournament, creative and interactive exhibitions in the Innovation EXPO, the International Passport Party, an attempt to set a Guinness World Record, and a rainforest themed 3M Explore the Uncharted Challenge.
March 05, 2014
Anyone that has ever done DI knows that there is something special in being on a team. There is something special about winning a trophy for thinking outside the box. There is something special in that moment when you know you have solved a problem in a way never before fathomed. There is something special in DI. As alumni we have all benefited so much from those that have come before us, and we owe it to those mentors, whoever they may be, to inspire others. So I invite you to visit IDidDI.weebly.com and join me in sparking the imaginations of a whole new generation of future Global Champions.
March 03, 2014
I love sports and even numbers. My love for those two things culminates in me spending hours in front of the TV watching the Olympic Games. I don’t care if it’s the summer or winter games, ice dancing or archery. I just love the Olympics. And because I love the Olympics, it’s probably not surprising that I carved out plenty of time to watch both the opening and closing ceremonies. If you read about the ceremonies, you’ll see articles about the amazing technical innovation that went into making the floor a gigantic projection screen with flawless graphics. Or you might read about the multi-million dollar fly system used to move the huge set-pieces around the stadium. While those things are amazing to me, there were two moments in the ceremonies that really struck me as the point of the ceremonies.
February 27, 2014
Destination Imagination is very excited to announce that Global Finals 2014 participants will have the opportunity to help set a Guinness World Record for “the largest gathering of people wearing duct tape.” All participants who follow the guidelines, provided by Guinness, will count toward the record. The attempt to set this amazing record will take place at the 3M Duct Tape Costume Ball and all Global Finals attendees are invited to participate. We know that DI-ers can make almost anything from duct tape, but we have listed specific guidelines from Guinness below.
February 25, 2014
The Mayo Clinic has been dedicated to serving humanity through hope and healing, including making significant contributions in the fields of medicine and science that have transformed the healthcare industry for an astounding 150 years. As an organization that "thinks big, starts small and moves fast," the Mayo Clinic recognizes and stresses the need for invaluable 21st century skills, including collaboration, communication, teamwork and building on one another's ideas, to create technological innovations that will not only continue to advance medical science, but will inspire hope and empower millions of people around the world. We couldn't be happier to present this award to such a pioneering organization that strives to create new and innovate ways to better the world.
February 21, 2014
Whether this is your first time competing in a Destination Imagination tournament or you’re a seasoned DI-er, it’s important to create a checklist to make sure you have everything you will need on your team’s big day. Below is a basic checklist that includes many of the items you will need to bring (or should bring) to your Regional Tournament. Be sure to print the list and add any other items that are specific to your team’s Challenge solution. We wish you the best of luck!
February 19, 2014
Since our very first blog post went live in January 2012, our mission has been reflect on and celebrate the accomplishments our amazing Destination Imagination participants, volunteers, and supporters as well as our organization's milestones, no matter how big or small. We know that while many of you have the same passion for the Destination Imagination program, you have different reasons for following our blog, which is why we’re continually looking to expand the variety of content we publish.
February 13, 2014
Since time immemorial, DI Team Challenge writing weekend takes place in June. During that time the Team Challenges get written by creative groups of people who play and experiment and fiddle and refine and play and end up with a rough form of the Challenge. The Challenges then go through a process of revision with feedback and revision with more feedback and so forth until the end of January when they are in fairly good shape. At that point in the past they would go in for final formatting, copy editing etc. That produced a lot of great Challenges. Sometimes though, things would slip by that would cause a Challenge to be troublesome to score, or would create an astronomical number of Clarifications. To address that the QRP was created in order to give a panel of experienced DI folks, from various roles, the opportunity to give each Challenge a fine going over for reading level, scoring clarity, clarity of explanation, clarity of definition and really most importantly – is it fun???
February 11, 2014
One of the most rewarding aspects of working for Destination Imagination is having the opportunity to collaborate with other organizations whose missions align so similarly with ours—organizations that are committed to changing the way students and teachers approach STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects by providing invaluable (and creative!) resources that spark kids’ curiosity and inspire them to pursue careers in these fields. That is why we’re proud to announce that Einstein in a Box, a subsidiary of Academic in a Box, will be joining us at the Global Finals 2014 Innovation Expo!
February 07, 2014
It may seem like your team just got together and started working on your Challenge solution, but your team is fast approaching the date of your local Regional Tournament—some as soon as February 15! As you share your solution with Appraisers and other teams, it is essential to remember that although this is a competition, the process is what’s really important.