Upcoming Destination Imagination Events:
DI Team Manager Meeting: Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 7-8:30pm. Nagel Learning Commons.
Open to all parents, grandparents or community members interested in becoming a DI Team Manager or just wanting to know more about what is involved.
For questions & answers about being a team manager, click here.
Destination Imagination (DI) is a national program in which students-
- Learn higher order analytical skills including creative thinking, critical thinking and collaborative problem solving
- Experience the creative process while working together in a group setting
- See that learning is FUN
- Identify, celebrate and develop their strengths through team building
The Foundation pays the cost of Destination Imagination teams at the six elementary schools and Nagel, and will expand to the high schools as existing teams move up. These costs include team manager materials, entrance fees for the regional, state and global tournament, and partial transportation costs for state and global tournaments. In 2016-17, the Foundation funded 32 teams, including the Ayer elementary team pictured that attended the Global tournament at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
The need: Our students are preparing to enter the global marketplace. They will require a new, dynamic skill set in order to compete successfully. According to a 2012 survey conducted by the American Management Association (AMA), employees are lacking in key analytical skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. Traditional education is in urgent need of complementary programs focused on teaching students how to become world-class innovators and critical thinkers. Destination Imagination addresses that need. Participants learn a remarkable set of skills, tools and methods that transforms the way they solve problems for the rest of their lives.
Results: In 2011, researchers from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education conducted an independent research evaluation of the national 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.” Additionally, 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 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. For more information about this wonderful program go to the Destination Imagination website.