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!
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!
For nearly two decades I have had the privilege of serving as a team manager for DI in Washington State. It is an amazing program that develops teamwork, creativity, builds confidence and encourages kids to continually challenge themselves. Students work collaboratively to create solutions for well written, well developed Challenges that require a broad base of skills to solve. It is a unique program, as it is completely student driven/adult facilitated. Children's creativity and ingenuity is supported, rather then directed by team managers.
I have been involved with Creative Problem Solving (C.P.S.) programs for twenty-five years, first with Odyssey of the Mind, then Destination: ImagiNation (D.I.). I started as a School Coordinator and Coach, then progressed to Team Manager, Globals Appraiser, Regional Director, and International Challenge Master. D.I. provides an outstanding experience for students and guides them to learn an amazing variety of skills.
I am a classroom teacher, and use many of the team building and CPS skills taught through the D.I. curriculum with my students.
WIN organizes the BEST problem solving experience for kids called Destination Imagination (formerly Odyssey of the Mind). I have worked with kids at all ages as a coach/team manager. I am also a classroom teacher and I can share that this process is the best and most creative problem solving experience available for kids. With five different challenges each year, future engineers, musicians, mathematicians, leaders and theatre actors benefit greatly. IN DI there is a creative challenge for every member interested. Learning to work in a team of seven is an added benefit as kids learn to discover and contribute their individual skills to the solution of the challenge. DI offers training and support for new team managers and participants. DIve into DI!