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Here are some questions we often get..
What is Destination ImagiNation?
Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. Our purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, we offer seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math), Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve our Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage) to build on their unique strengths. Most children K - 2nd grade join our performance only/noncompetitive Rising Stars program. Then 3rd grade through college age are part of our competitive Challenge teams.
I am interested in DI but want to learn more?
The regional, state, and international websites offer blog articles, answers to frequently asked questions, and other resources that may be helpful to you. Check the websites often for updates.
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Helpful hints, info about DI training, and challenge clarifications and so much more can be found through these sources.
We are also currently building a Pinterest board that will be linked on the site soon!
How do I get my child on a Destination Imagination team?
First, check to see if your child's school district officially participates in DI by checking our roster.
If so, you can email the District Coordinator for more information on joining or starting a team at your child's school.
The best way to make sure that your child participates on a Destination Imagination team is to agree to be a Team Manager if there isn't one currently or start up a team if one does not currently exist. We typically ALWAYS have more students wanting to participate than we have parents volunteering to be Team Managers, so you may have team members just waiting to join too.
How do I form a DI Team if I don't know of one?
First, make sure that your district doesn't already have a team at your child's school. Look at our »ROSTER« and see if your district is listed. If so, contact the coordinator. If not, then you may register as an independent team. DI teams can be formed in several different ways, especially if the team or teams will be independent of any school or district with specific policies. Many teams are simply created when a group of parents come together and decide that they want their students to participate in DI. Other times, team managers hold try-outs or interviews in order to find students that will work well together and complement one another. In either case, there are some important things to keep in mind as you form a team. Please read Manager & Team requirements »HERE« for further information. You can also continue reading...
I homeschool my children. Can I form a team?
While most teams are sponsored by school districts, anyone can form a team. There are always homeschool based teams that participate in Destination Imagination each year. You need a Team Manager, 2-7 team members and to purchase a Team Number. Go »HERE« for more how to. The biggest challenge that home school based and private school based teams face is the logistics of meetings. Team members on public school based teams are typically in the same geographical area. Many times, team members of home school or private school based teams are scattered over a wider geographical area. This some times makes scheduling meetings more difficult.
Where do I purchase a Destination ImagiNation Membership?
Before you purchase a team membership make sure you talk to your district or school coordinator. (If you do not have one, then please read into starting an independent team. ) Some school districts purchase memberships for their teams. In other cases, the school PTA may purchase the membership. Make sure you talk to someone before you spend money that you don't need to.
How much does it cost to participate in Destination ImagiNation?
Please visit »this« section of our website for detailed information.
How do I volunteer to work with Destination ImagiNation?
Please visit »this« section of our website.
What are the responsibilities of a Team Manager and how much time does it require?
Please visit »this« section of our website.
I am having a problem understanding what solving a Team Challenge involves. Where do I start?
This is a question that is very complicated to answer without specifics. Contact one of the Regional Directors, and they will be happy to help you with specifics concerning the challenges.
Once you have made the decision to become a Team Manager go to:
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