Destination Imagination’s open-ended STEAM-based Challenges enable students to learn and experience the creative process while fostering their creativity, curiosity, and courage. Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university-level students worldwide. Students form teams of up to seven members, select their preferred Challenge, and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge. The academic Challenges are designed to teach the creative process. Each season Destination Imagination offers seven new and engaging Team Challenges in the categories of Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning. These Challenges encourage students to explore their passions, discover their unique talents and abilities, and learn new skills. Teams can also participate in Instant Challenges—quick creative and critical-thinking exercises that build teamwork and problem-solving abilities. Each season’s Challenges take place during the school year, with new Challenges released on August 1. Teams typically spend two to four months developing and rehearsing their Challenge solutions. Teams compete with their solutions at local tournaments, many of which take place between February and April. (More specific tournament information will be available in November.) Teams that qualify at their regional and state/country–level tournaments are invited to showcase at Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of student creativity—in May.
Girls Who Game (GWG) is an extracurricular program sponsored by Dell Technologies, Intel, and Microsoft that provides an opportunity for girls in grades 4–8 and underserved students across North America to learn more about gaming as a learning tool, while developing their global competencies, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum provides unique fieldtrip opportunities for teachers and students to engage with the museum’s content online. Among the museum’s offerings are “Earth and Its Place in the Universe” (grades 5–12); “Finding Our Way: Geography and GIS” (grades 6–8)); “Living Through History” (grades 1–8); and “Paper Airplane Design” (grades 3–8).
The online Science Journal for Kids and Teens reports on cutting-edge, peer-reviewed science research adapted for students and their teachers. Articles can be selected according to reading level and/or subject field.