Preparing Colorado’s kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences and technology with creativity, teamwork and problem solving!
· Students learn collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity skills in a fun and competitive atmosphere. Working with open-ended educationally based challenges teams work from imagination to innovation to implementation with the guidance of an adult team manager, with support from Destination Imagination Colorado.
· Colorado DI….Confident Kids in an Amazing State of Creativity!
What is Destination Imagination?
· Destination Imagination (DI) is the world’s largest creative problem solving competition program. More than 100,000 students from more than 30 different countries compete each year. Students form teams and work together to solve open-ended challenges over the school year. Through this program, kids will gain skills in teamwork, creative thinking, and problem solving.
· Destination Imagination Colorado’s mission is to prepare Colorado’s kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences, and technology with creativity, teamwork, and problem solving.
How does DI work?
· School-aged children work in teams from 2 to 7 members to solve long-term challenges and practice Instant Challenges. The most important thing to remember is that this program is kid based!
· There is absolutely no outside help allowed. The team members generate the ideas, execute the ideas, and plan a performance showcasing their ideas.
· Team Challenges that the team can choose from are:
o Fine Arts
o Service Learning
o Rising Stars, our non-competitive early learning challenge for students in K-2
What does DI look like at Swigert?
· Each year as school starts we form teams based on student interest and team manager volunteers.
· We field as many teams as we have volunteers to run (typically 4-5 teams per year competing in different challenges).
· Our teams are a mixture in grade level, allowing for a progression of knowledge as teams continue together year over year, encouraging our older students to develop their team leadership skills and allowing younger students to grow their learning and eventually move into those informal team leadership roles in future years.