For years, our participants, volunteers, sponsors and staff have promoted the benefits of the Destination Imagination program. After all, in more than a decade, our program has reached more than a million students.
In 2014, Dr. Mark A. Runco, Professor of Educational Psychology for the Torrance Creativity Center at the University of Georgia and Board Member for the Center for Childhood Creativity, completed a study measuring student engagement and creative attitudes and values among students who participate in Destination Imagination and students who do not.
According to the statistically significant results, Destination Imagination students were found to be:
- More engaged and imaginative when completing given tasks
- More creativity more than non-DI participants
- More self-confident and tenacious
- Able to elaborate on and generate more ideas than non-DI participants
- Great collaborators—86% of DI students agree that their teamwork skills improved within 1-2 years of participation
- More inquisitive—92% of DI students agree that solutions to problems are often improved by considering a variety of perspectives
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.”
A study of 600 students was conducted among primary, elementary, junior high and high school students at DI’s Global Finals on the campus of the University of Tennessee in 2011. Researchers collected responses and then sent the results to non-DI personnel for analysis. Of the students polled, 70 percent reported they “do better in school” because of DI, and nearly half reported DI has helped them improve their grades.
We know the benefits, and others have taken notice too. We’re excited to offer PDF downloads of third-party studies that validate what we’ve known all along.
D.R. Widder – Innovation Executive Philadelphia University
D.R. Widder Interviewed at Destination Imagination Global Finals
D.R. Widder – Executive Directorv of Innovation, Philadelphia University
“The students of today are going to have multiple careers, and so the skill sets they need are much different. It’s not just about memorization and knowledge. It’s about teamwork, learning and a lot about Destination Imagination’s principles as well: collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving.”
Destination Imagination teams that advance past Regional and state/country (Affiliate) tournaments are invited to participate in Global Finals—the world's largest celebration of creativity.
Global Finals is the culminating event of every Destination Imagination season. In May, over 1,100 teams from teams from 45 states, 7 Canadian provinces and 13 countries gather to showcase their Challenge solutions. Over 15,000 people attend Global Finals to celebrate creativity and have fun.