My kids have been involved with WIN for 6 years and it is the highlight of their year! Working together with their friends to creatively solve challenges really builds camaraderie and learning to think "outside the box" are skills that will last a life time
My kids and I have been involved in this program for 12 years now. I can honestly say that of all the activities they have participated in, this program has had the single largest effect and impact on their lives. They are both well-spoken, confident young adults who know the value of hard work, largely due to WIN. In this program, kids learn life lessons and skills, all while having fun. The importance of this program cannot be stressed enough.
I have worked in education for 38 years and have been involved with Destination Imagination for 25 years through the Washington Imagination Network (WIN). I have seen hundreds of my students and others develop skills in creative problem solving, presentation, drama, technology and team work through this engaging and well developed program. I have used the strategies both in training teachers and across the curriculum in teaching students. I have strengthened my own creative problem solving skills in the process! As a parent, a team manager, an appraiser, a regional director and a state board member - I have watched all facets of W.I.N. work tirelessly to bring this opportunity to the children, K-12, in the state of Washington. W.I.N. provides the structure of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of children to benefit from Destination Imagination.
I have been in the field of education for 37 years and involved with Destination ImagiNation and other creative problem-solcing programs in WA in many capacities: a mom of a DI participant, a team manager, an appraiser, a trainer, a regional director, a state board member, a global volunteer. Obviously, I believe this is an essential program for a child's academic and affective growth. DI is curriculum that exemplifies best practices in teaching and learning.
I've been involved with WIN for over 20 years and have watched firsthand the positive impact it has on the students and adults involved. As an educator, it is exactly the kind of problem solving activity we want our kids to be engaged in!
WIN is a fantastic program, the impact on participants is a positive life experience. I've watched hundreds of teams and team members learn, grow and become stronger and more self confident over 20 years. I highly recommend the program.
I began working with Washington Imagination Network when I was a teacher in a Gifted Education program looking for extracurricular activities for my students. That was twenty years ago, I no longer teacher Gifted Ed, and I am still involved! This is a fantastic enrichment program for all kinds of kids, and any child who participates becomes a more effective and creative thinker, worker and group member. Despite many other draws on my time, I continue to work with WIN because I know it makes a difference in the lives of children. And since I have seen the budget over time, I know it does this with careful and responsible use of every single penny.
I've been involved with WIN in some manner or another for about three years now. I've been impressed many times by what the smallest of children can accomplish with Destination Imagination's challenges.
But, from where I stand, as a regional director's assistant and the webmaster, what I find most incredible are the organizers. They spend an unbelievable amount of time-- easily as much as a second job-- pulling together all of the necessary pieces and people to make the tournaments special. And then they go beyond that.
After seeing the postitive effect WIN (Destination Imagination) was having on my kids, I got involved as a volunteer. That was fifteen years ago and I'm still at it. I continue to volunteer because I continue to see the opportuity kids have to learn such valuable life-skill as team work, communication, creativity and problem solving. The confidence kids get after a few years in DI is amazing.
Kids in Washington State have been so fortunate to have WIN bring such an awesome creative problem solving programs into their lives. My daughter was involved in both Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination for 12 years. It had such a positive impact on her life that I went from being a parent of a team member, to being a volunteer and now I am one of the Challenge Masters for Destination Imagination. Every year I get to see Destination Imagination team members shine with creativity as they work together as a team to solve the challenges that are presented to them. This program reaches all students, regardless if they are in public, private or home school. Thanks WIN!