Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination (DI) develops critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through an educational experience that kids absolutely love. DI challenges are published in September. Teams collaborate for several months to develop unique challenge solutions, which are then showcased at a regional competition.

A team of local students chose to simultaneously solve the Scientific and Fine Arts challenges this year. Solving two challenges is highly unusual and required tremendous dedication. This team advanced to the DI Global Finals in Kansas City, MO and won first place in both challenge categories. They were also honored with a special award for exceptional engineering in their solution. 17,000 people attended the Global Finals competition, with teams from 48 states and 15 countries around the world.

This local team developed an eight-minute play that depicted the four stages of gambling addiction. Their solution included a casino set that gradually transformed from colorful to black and white, a functional electro-mechanical slot machine, and a large animated face and brain that illustrated the medical effects of addiction. The team built these props using electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, and a lot of creativity.

The goal of DI is to boost curiosity and confidence in kids, while also building skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, project management, and more. Over 150,000 students participate annually. DI teams for 2019-2020 are currently forming – learn more about the program and upcoming information sessions at www.caldi.org.