Destination ImagiNation (DI) is the world's largest creative problem solving program for kindergarten through college-aged learners, going strong in 48 states and over 40 countries. Teams of up to 7 members solve one of seven different Challenges, which they perform in front of appraisers at tournaments. DI participants develop life skills while solving challenges through their unique hands-on experiences in the sciences, technology, mechanics, engineering, theater, improvisation, goal setting, time and budget management, team building, and leadership. Our ultimate goal is to teach participants that through their creativity, teamwork, and perseverance, they can DIvelop creative solutions to complex problems completely on their own! For more information on all DI's programs, see the DI, Inc. website at www.idodi.org.
Who can join? Anyone! Your school, PTA, gifted program, Community Ed or after school program, home school group, YMCA or YWCA, Scouting programs, 4H, community organization, your family - anyone up for a challenge and fun!
Each year, over 500 Maryland creative problem solving teams compete throughout the state. Many teams begin working in September, but others begin the process later in the year. After weeks and months of preparation, the teams begin competition at the regional level during the months of February and March. There are eight Maryland Destination ImagiNation regions. The winning teams advance to the State Tournament in April. The first and second place winners advance to Global Finals in late May at the University of Tennessee.
The 2012-2013 DI season was a big one for Maryland. Record numbers of teams solved this year's exciting challenges. 58 teams are heading to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN.
If you want to join the fun next year,check out our FAQs in the Resource section for information to help get your school involved. For additional info on starting a team, contact your Regional Director (see our Regional pages) or contact Affiliate Director, Sally Gold. Then purchase your 2012-2013 team pack by going to www.destinationimagination.org and click on Start a Team.
If your team is from Anne Arundel, Charles, Harford, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Montgomery or Wicomico Counties, you may be eligible for a reduced cost team pak. Contact your Regional Director for details.