Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. DI runs an educational experience focusing on the development of life and employability skills. Through this educational experience, students use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality and learn invaluable skills through the process including:
- Creative & Critical Thinking
- Team Building
- Problem Solving
- Risk Taking
- Project Management
DI create a learning experience that is composed of 2 different tasks: The Team Challenge and The Instant Challenge.
Each year, Destination Imagination works with educators and industry experts to develop seven, new academic Challenges in the fields of STEAM. Students work in teams to research, design and build a solution to their preferred Challenge. In solving a Challenge, they learn the creative process—a powerful learning tool that helps students assess problems, reflect on their progress, learn from failure and turn their original ideas into reality.
Moreover, Instant Challenges are given to participants on the spot and focus on skill-building. This aids a child's problem-solving skill and expands their ability to improvise and innovate.
Students who participate in the Challenges get the opportunity to present their solutions at a local tournament and if they qualify at the national level, they’re invited to participate in Global Finals.
Registrations are open for new season 2019-20
Aisha Ahmed Khalil Team Manager
I coached a 2016-17 DI team in the UAE. It was the first tournament hosted here thanks to Urooj and it was an excellent learning experience for all those who participated - coaches, appraisers, and the team members. My team thoroughly enjoyed the DI experience over a course of about 5 months. During the course of the project not only did they enhance their problem solving skills and learn to let out their creative abilities, but they also made fond memories of friendship with their teammates.
Laura Perez Noueihed Parent
DI’s aged-focused activities and challenges instill creativity and learning skills in young minds. I have seen phenomenal increase in my son's ability to learn new things, ask questions and in many cases - even question the very validity of what has been shown or said to him. I have faith that programs like Destination Imagination play a critical role in child mental development which in long run shall enable him/her to be a successful student, a good professional and most of all - a good human being.
Corinn Stott Slater Parent
DI was one of the best homeschooling experiences we ever had. Not only did my daughter learn how to solve problems, gain critical thinking skills and STEM skills but she gained social skills, learned how to work as a team, the importance of preparation and self-motivation. Couple this with flexing those creative muscles and there is nothing else out there that compares to the experience of Destination Imagination with Urooj and team. The most important ending to it the experience is the confidence gained and friendships that will last forever. No doubt I would do this again.