Destination Imagination is a unique, supportive, collaborative, life-changing program! I discovered it in 6th grade when I joined a team at my new school, and I participated up through high school graduation. DI nurtured my creativity, STEAM skills, even comfort with public speaking, and was a driving force in encouraging out of the box innovative thinking. Years later, I'm still volunteering with the program (and loving it) and am still friends with my teammates, despite the fact that we all live far spread across the country. I have gotten a job because I treated a group interview like a DI "Instant Challenge" (the interviewing panel stated that it was their favorite interview they'd ever participated in), and I have had success in creative and artistic fields because DI taught me how to press on and take risks. It's a wondrous program full of wondrous people, and is fun and educational for kids as well as adult volunteers.
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!
DI has been a huge part of our kids lives the past couple of years in a very positive and meaningful way. They have learned creative problem solving and maybe more importantly how to work with other kids in small groups. Our family supports WIN / DI 100%.
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!
I have been involved with Destination Imagination for the past 8 years as a Team Manager for my daughter's team. I've watched these same group of kids grow from 4th grade to Seniors in High School. They have really learned how to be a highly functional Team. They know each others' strengths and weaknesses. They have learned the value of planning and measuring. They can think quickly and creatively to solve problems, but also can think broadly and deeply to arrive at the best idea. The organization truly values kids and their ideas and gives parents the opportunity to witness the amazing talents their kids have when they are allowed to create and learn independently.
My children were involved with DI from elementary school through high school, and I'm amazed at how many skills this program taught them along the way. They learn to problem solve under pressure, meet strict guidelines, work with others, and communicate to large groups. I have beena volunteer at the Olympic Regional competition for 15 years and never regret donating a moment of my time to this organization.
This is an amazing, real world experience for kids of all ages. When I watched my daughters work with thier team mates and be forced to generate fast ideas and then present them in a team environment I was so impressed. I have not seen a student organization like this. No parent involvement, just the kids thinking on their own. IF you ever get a chance to see the scenes, or the engineering structures kids in 2nd, 3rd and on create, it really is incredible. Then to watch my oldest daughter compete at globals was an unforgettable experience. To complete, interact with kids from all over the world was something she is working hard to do again. It is open to everyone and many teams stay together all the way into high school and we met several teams even in college. Talk about fun!
I started working with creative problem-solving programs in WA in 1986 and feel it is the most valuable educational program in which I have been involved. I started as a volunteer judge, and have been involved as a judge, team manager, parent, tournament director and board member. The reason I continue to volunteer my time to this organization is because the program provides students the opportunity to develop thinking skills, creative problem-solving, time management, leadership skills, and communication skills in a fun and rewarding environment. DI rocks!
I can still remember the day I found out that I was going to have the opportunity to start participating in Destination Imagination as a second grader. I was ecstatic to have the chance to create stories and dress up in funny costumes with my friends. As I competed in DI for the next eleven years, I learned that I this opportunity was much more important than just dressing up and acting. The skills that I gained in DI have proven to be valuable in college, and I have no doubt that they will be indispensable for my future as a nurse. DI gave me the ability to stay calm and reason my way through stressful situations, confidence to speak effectively in front of people, teamwork skills, sportsmanship, engineering skills, artistic skills, and creativity. These are all skills that I will apply to all aspects of my life. DI was by far the most valuable childhood activity that I participated in.
Destination Imagination affords students multiple and varied
opportunities to discover, refine, and combine the intangible
qualities of self-expression and imaginative thinking with hands-on,
team-based problem-solving challenges. The kind of personal character
qualities fostered in the Destination Imagination experience serve
its participants well in collaborative efforts over the rest of their life,
benefiting them as individuals, but also the broader communities in
which they live and work.
I have served as a regional and state appraiser in the "Instant Challenge"
division of Destination Imagination annually since 1996.
- Donald L. Recker, Ferndale WA