Making a Real Impact
Students who participate in DI become better at creative and critical thinking, collaboration, and idea generation.
We know the benefits, and others have taken notice too
Independent research concluded that participants in DI’s Challenge Experience outperform others in areas of creativity, collaboration, idea generation, and problem-solving.
of DI students agree that their teamwork skills improved
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 DI and students who do not. According to the statistically significant results, DI students were found to be:
- More engaged and imaginative when completing given tasks
- More creative 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
SCORED HIGHER in critical thinking by
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.”
of students reported they “do better in school” because of DI
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.
ALL PUBLISHED RESEARCH
- Navigating the Tensions Inherent in Understanding Creativity: An Interview with Mark Runco, TechTrends (2016)
- Evaluating the Impacts of Destination Imagination on the Creative Problem Solving Skills of Middle School Students, The International Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving, 2013
- Destination Imagination: Creativity in a World of Complacency, Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2014
- Exploring Destination Imagination Alumni Perception of 21st-Century Skills and Workforce Readiness, dissertation, Sharon Kovalesky, 2020
- Destination Imagination: An Examination of Highly Creative Children’s Experiences on Their Journey Through Imagination, dissertation, Elysha Beth Greenberg, 2016
Click here to learn more about our Challenge Experience program.
TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION FOR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
Our imagineXperience program was designed from the ground up to provide a scalable DI experience to students living in underserved communities. In 2021, the program reached 671 students across 7 countries. The results speak for themselves—student confidence in critical STEM and higher order thinking increased across the board.
Every year we impact more than 30,000 students in 40 US states, 6 Canadian provinces, 27 countries, and 6 Continents.
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"My child’s collaboration skills have improved through Destination Imagination"
– DI Parent