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Jun 01, 2020 2020-06-01

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Open-Ended STEAM-based Challenges Fostering Creativity and Curiosity

All kindergarten through university-level students worldwide are invited to participate in Destination Imagination’s (DI) open-ended STEAM-based challenges by forming teams of up to seven members, selecting their preferred Challenge, and working together to develop a solution. The DI Challenge Experience is entirely student driven. The academic Challenges are designed to teach the creative process—a system of learning that is at the heart of innovation and a child’s ability to bring an idea to life. Each season DI offers seven new and engaging Team Challenges—Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning—that encourage students to explore their passions, discover their unique talents and abilities, and learn new skills. Teams also participate in Instant Challenges—quick creative and critical thinking exercises that build teamwork and problem-solving abilities. Each season takes place during the school year, with new Challenges being released on August 1. Teams typically spend two to four months developing and rehearsing their Challenge solutions. The DI Challenge Experience operates in 45 states and 30 countries. It can be run as an afterschool program or incorporated into a school’s curriculum. Teams compete with their solutions at local tournaments, many of which take place between February and April; more specific tournament information will be available online by November 2020. If they qualify at their regional and state-/country-level tournaments, teams are invited to showcase at Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of student creativity—in May.

Deadlines: August 1, 2020, release of Challenges; February–April 2021, tournaments; May 2021, Global Finals. Check website in November 2020 for specific dates.

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