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Destination Imagination (DI) is a project based, kid-driven program that teaches kids to be innovative problem solvers. Using STEAM, teams of students collaborate, think outside the box and create unique solutions to one of seven different challenges in preparation for a fun, problem-solving competition.

Teams meet after school all over San Diego County. Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization.

Our purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Does your Grade preK – 12 student want to spend this winter working with friends to create something AWESOME?? Maybe a flying device that can launch things at a target, or a fantastical new game. How about solving a medical mystery, a super-strong, uncrushable monster tower, or an improv skit?

Destination Imagination is forming new teams for the upcoming season in your area! Destination Imagination (DI) is a project-based extracurricular activity that teaches kids the creative process, from concept to design to execution, with an emphasis on teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving. DI fosters students’ curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in the fields of STEM, fine arts, and service learning.

In working to solve DI Challenges, teams learn 21st-century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship, and courage) by stepping outside of their comfort zones to pursue ideas and build on their unique strengths and interests. Each year the challenges change but their basic premise remains the same: kids research, construct, and present entirely original work in a team-selected domain (such as technology, structural engineering, science, or fine arts). Students are matched up into teams of up to 7 students in or close to their grade level in the fall, and work together all winter on solving the problems of their selected challenge, including writing scripts, building scenery, and designing props and costumes on a very small budget, entirely without input or assistance from people outside of their team.
In real-world terms, parents and coaches can’t measure, cut or nail together wood for the team, sew costumes, or rebuild or improve something that falls apart. Everything about the project from concept to design to execution is entirely student-driven. Adults can only teach skills! Over the course of the season, kids learn about time management, resource management, understanding the design process and how to teach themselves things they never knew they could learn how to do.

Teams are forming NOW all over San Diego!

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