May 16, 2016 2016-05-16
Destination Imagination (DI) aims to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. In 2016–2017, DI will offer seven standards-based Challenges: The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills. The Scientific Challenge blends the research and curiosity of science with the thrill and creativity of theater arts. The Engineering Challenge asks teams to design, build, and test load-bearing structures out of specific materials. The Fine Arts Challenge has students flex their acting and creative muscles as they experiment with different types of artistic media and theater arts, write scripts, and design props. The Improvisational Challenge is all about spontaneity and storytelling. Teams receive topics and produce skits on the spot. The Service Learning Challenge engages students in public service to address real-life community issues. And the Rising Stars! for Early Learners Challenge offers simple experiences with the creative process and gives young children (preK–2) a place to work together and make new friends. In addition, Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative, and critical thinking. Each of DI’s open-ended Challenges enables students to learn and experience the creative process, from imagination to innovation, while fostering curiosity. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. In working to solve DI’s Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship, and courage), step outside of their comfort zones to pursue ideas and make presentations, and build on their unique strengths.
Plus: Destination Imagination has developed some free resources to help students brush up on their Instant Challenge skills.