Ohio Destination Imagination

Vision, Mission & History



DI is the largest creativity program in the world

Global Finals is the world’s largest celebration of creativity

What We Are


Destination Imagination is a leader in project-based learning opportunities that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship.

Destination Imagination’s academic challenges are designed to teach kids how to think, not what to think.

A cross-generational and cross-cultural learning initiative, Destination Imagination demonstrates that creativity is universal.

Students who participate in Destination Imagination improve in creative and critical thinking, build on their unique strengths, learn how to design and manage a project, and gain the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce.

In solving a Destination Imagination challenge, children learn the creative process that will help them meet the demands and challenges of the future.

While solving our Challenges, students may experience a problem in their design or solution and our program materials provide instruction on how to collaboratively and creatively resolve problems; however, this is not all students learn in DI.

The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Each challenge is designed to engage a student’s curiosity to explore emerging opportunities that are shaping the future workforce.

As they proceed through our creativity program, they gain self-confidence in their abilities and develop a willingness to step outside their comfort zones to pursue novel ideas from conception to fruition. As they work to solve their chosen challenge, they learn:


mental agility,
project management,
perseverance,
risk-taking,
budgeting,
collaboration,
team building,
critical and creative thinking,
design principles,
communications,
conflict management and so much more.

  Vision


To be the global leader in teaching the creative process from imagination to innovation.

 

Mission


To develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st Century Skills and creativity.

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.

 

History


Destination Imagination, Inc. is a non-profit that helps kids around the world discover their creativity. We create programs that teach the creative process, so kids can solve problems in astonishing ways. Our kids build a lifelong confidence in working together to solve any challenge.


Our organization was incorporated in 1999, when we took over the charter for OM Association, Inc. Since then, our non-profit has impacted more than a million participants. About 125,000 youth make friends and learn the creative process through our programs every year, and 38,000 volunteers support us!


All of our programs are Challenge based, and they teach the creative process. Our goal is to help kids learn to be creative in every aspect of their lives.


Our Challenge program is our most popular offering. Destination Imagination is an international tournament for kids. At the start of the season, teams choose one of seven Challenges. After weeks spent creating and developing their solutions, they go to a local tournament. Top-scoring teams advance to state or country tournaments. The top level of the tournament is our Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of creativity.


Our 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 volunteers and subject matter experts, we design new, exciting Challenges for kids.