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  • DI Alum Advocates for Students as Authentic Partners in Education

    April 17, 2014
    DI Alum Advocates for Students as Authentic Partners in Education

    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.

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  • Celebrate World Creativity & Innovation Week

    April 15, 2014
    Celebrate World Creativity & Innovation Week

    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.

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  • 'Pin It To Win It' with Einstein in a Box

    April 14, 2014
    \'Pin It To Win It\' with Einstein in a Box

    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!

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  • New Global Finals 2014 Promo Video!

    April 11, 2014
    New Global Finals 2014 Promo Video!

    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.

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  • Host a Game Night to Win Free Games from ThinkFun

    April 08, 2014
    Host a Game Night to Win Free Games from ThinkFun

    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!

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  • Destination Imagination and Conrad Foundation Partner for Spirit of Innovation Challenge

    April 07, 2014
    Destination Imagination and Conrad Foundation Partner for Spirit of Innovation Challenge

    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.

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  • Fostering the Creative Imagination

    April 02, 2014
    Fostering the Creative Imagination

    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.

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  • New DI & Nat Geo Kids Engineering Exploration Challenge!

    March 28, 2014
    New DI & Nat Geo Kids Engineering Exploration Challenge!
    Recently, 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! 

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  • American Idol Star Talks DI and the Importance of Creativity

    March 27, 2014
    American Idol Star Talks DI and the Importance of Creativity
    At 14 years old, I participated in my first Destination Imagination Global Finals, and my life was forever changed. I grew up in a town of 3,500 people in Prescott, Arkansas, and Destination Imagination opened my eyes to a much bigger world: a magical place where creativity was king and duct tape dresses were all the rage. Being able to meet people from across the globe and create in an open atmosphere fed my dreams and increased the vision for my life. 
     
    Last year I was a Top 20 female finalist on “American Idol” Season 12 and named the “happiest contestant” by the judges. With “American Idol,” I was catapulted into some new beginnings. I had never sung for 18 million people “live” before, and it was an incredible experience! Working with Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, and Nikki Minaj was also extraordinary; they are all so talented. My performance of “Nothing But the Water” was ranked in Billboard Magazine as one of the Top 12 performances of the entire season. Needless to say, the experience was a blessing that opened many doors.

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  • 2014-15 Challenge Previews Released

    March 26, 2014
    2014-15 Challenge Previews Released

    Destination Imagination Challenges teach the creative process from imagination to innovation, and this upcoming season’s Challenges are about to stretch your imagination, creativity and 21st century learning further than ever before. From making the impossible seem possible to setting voyage on a great adventure, you'll be sure to make some waves in the world with a Challenge that meets your team’s unique style of creativity. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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