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Destination Imagination

posted Sep 2, 2016, 12:42 PM by Cory Romdenne

Do you have a child who thrives on challenging activities? Does your child enjoy really baffling games and puzzles? Learning new skills? Writing or performing? Building mechanical and technical things? Working in a group? Generating lots of ideas?

Destination Imagination can give your child the opportunity to hone these skills while providing rewarding outlet for his/her creativity! Join DI this year at your school!

What is Destination Imagination (DI)? DI is an international educational program that uses STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics) to develop 21st-century skills.  This creative outlet teaches leadership, problem solving and teamwork while solving one of six open-ended challenges.  The solutions to these challenges are presented at a regional tournament in early spring.

DI participants are tested to think on their feet, work as a team and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the challenges. DI participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills—they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.

Who can Participate? Any student in grades 5K-12. Students in grades K-2 can participate in Rising Stars, a non-competitive level of DI that introduces children to the program. 

How are teams formed? Each team consists of 2-7 members. Each team needs at least one adult Team Manager (parent volunteer). 

What is a Team Manager?  The Team Manager helps the students stay on schedule, gather materials, and guides them through the problem-solving process. Training is available for all new Team Managers. No special skills are needed to be a Team Manager though. All you need is a willingness to work with a great group of creative kids! 

What is required of a DI parent?  This program must have the support of all team parents. While adults cannot help solve the team’s solution or offer ideas, parents are needed to be team managers, tournament officials and tournament volunteers. Parents are integral in making this program possible.

What is the cost? This activity costs $10 per child. 

Where can I learn more? Since this relatively new to L-C, we know there will be many questions.  We will be hosting a parent informational meeting Thursday, September 15th at 6PM in the Primary School Cafeteria.  In addition to learning the basics of DI, parents will have the opportunity to form teams.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can contact Mrs. Pantzlaff at 845-2315 ext. 237 or kpantzlaff@luxcasco.k12.wi.us .

SAVE TIME! Complete the online registration before the meeting at: http://goo.gl/forms/OQ3p4r2JImtaT7TS2

Also, check out the DI website at www.destinationimagination.org. To see Destination Imagination in action, check out this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/8qy4iwZeVeY