The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.
At the start of the season, teams choose one of seven Challenges. After weeks spent creating, developing and practicing their solutions, they go to a local tournament. Top-scoring teams advance to state or country tournaments. The top level of the tournament is the Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of creativity. The Global Finals will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee at the University of Tennessee.
Programs are developed annually to ensure they are relevant and align to National Education Standards, STEM standards, ELA Common Core Standards and Mathematics Common Core Standards. Every year, with the help of parent volunteers, educators, and subject matter experts, they design new and exciting Challenges for student teams to solve. The Destination Imagination program develops opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.
Each team will consist of 7 members. Our school has a 1st and 2nd grade team that consists of 7 students coached by Tonya Martin. There is a 3rd grade team coached by Matt Lewis and Jared Miller. The 4th grade all girl team is coached by Kristy Lewis and Kim Saylor.