Destination Imagination (DI) is a project-based educational program that inspires and equips students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Teams in our program improve in creative thinking, critical thinking and collaborative problem solving. Our participants experience the creative process, develop new friendships and learn to work together.
How it Works
- Annually, DI offers new standards-based Challenges in seven areas.
- Each Challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process.
- Up to 7 members can be on a team, and students from kindergarten through university level participate.
- Each team needs an adult Team Manager. Team Managers help students stay on track but do not directly help the team develop its solution to the DI Challenge.
Each team needs at least one adult Team Manager to guide and inspire! If you are interested in managing or starting a team please review this presentation and update your PTA Volunteer Opportunities to indicate your willingness to help with Destination Imagination. We will reach out to you once school begins to start forming teams.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE AGE/GRADE REQUIREMENTS?
Students from kindergarten through university level participate in the Destination Imagination Challenge Program. The following are the age/grade requirements to participate in the 2019-20 Destination Imagination Challenge Program at Preston Elementary:
- Elementary Level: Kindergarten—5th grade (No student born before June 15, 2008)
- Middle Level: 6th—8th grade (No student born before June 15, 2005)
HOW MUCH DOES THE DI PROGRAM COST?
Preston PTA will subsidize a portion of the team registration based on how many teams are formed at Preston Elementary for the school year. There may be small extra costs for materials to build and present your project.
HOW DO I FORM A TEAM?
Indicate your child's interest in participating and/or your interest in being a Team Manager by completing the Destination Imagination sign-up form. The DI Chair will contact you to form teams.
HOW LONG DOES A TEAM WORK ON A CHALLENGE?
Teams often start meeting in October and spend approximately 2-4 months planning, designing and building a solution to their Challenge. Teams usually meet at least once a week to work on their solution.
WHAT IS A DESTINATION IMAGINATION TOURNAMENT?
Many Destination Imagination Affiliates (states/countries) host Regional & Affiliate Tournaments where teams can showcase their creative Challenge solutions. Team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained Appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Solutions are scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation, teamwork and meeting requirements for the Challenge. DI competitions begin with a Regional Tournament. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate (state or country) Tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate Tournaments advance to Global Finals.
HOW DO I RECEIVE VOLUNTEER TRAINING?
Destination Imagination will offer volunteer-specific trainings throughout the Destination Imagination season and will contact you directly about dates, times and locations. Please contact your Destination Imagination Chair at Preston for specific training dates.
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