FAQ

What type of organization are you?

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization.

What is your purpose?

Our cause-driven purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.

How do you do this?

Student teams in five levels (early learning, elementary grades, middle grades, secondary grades and college) select one of seven standards-based Challenges to solve. These Challenges come out of our work with subject-matter experts and educators and take a full year to develop prior to their release.

What type of challenges?

There are seven academic Challenges: early learning, three STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), one service learning, one improvisational, and one visual arts Challenge.

What is the goal of the challenges?

Each Challenge is designed to engage students to learn 21st century and higher-order thinking skills by teaching them the creative process from imagination to innovation. The program teaches students how to think, not what to think. Students that solve the Challenges have fun and learn the skills of creativity, critical thinking, self-confidence, self-determination, presentation and collaboration. We want to enable students to identify, build on, and celebrate their unique strengths.

What is the creative process?

The creative process consists of six stages and is the integration of educational principles, psychology, biology and cognitive science. Team Challenge solutions are authentically assessed.

How much does your program cost?

The final program cost depends on which challenge you select.

National Destination Imagination program registration, which comes with the program materials, is $125 for the first team and $105 if you opt to download the program materials only (vs. hard copies).

We are a volunteer-led organization, and hold eight regional tournaments and one state tournament each year, in addition to numerous training opportunities for the volunteers serve as team managers, appraisers and coordinators.  As you can imagine, there are many costs involved.  Because of this, MADI has a tournament registration fee of $135 per team — provided you register your team BEFORE the first deadline (see the calendar for this year’s deadlines).  After that day, the cost to register is $175 up until the late deadline. This fee registers your team to participate at one of our regional tournaments and provides free training for two team managers at our two training opportunities.

How do I form a team?

The Start a Team page will guide you through the team registration process. You may also call national Destination Imagination’s customer service representatives at 1-888-321-1503 or email them at AskDI@dihq.org.  You can also contact the Massachusetts’ Affiliate Director, Karin Knapik-Cloutier, at karinknapik@gmail.com.

What are volunteer opportunities?

As a volunteer, you will join a network of more than 38,000 passionate people who want to change kids lives. Opportunities exist in team management, Affiliate administration, Affiliate marketing, and Affiliate tournament operations.

MADI has many areas that require volunteers.  The major need we have is for Appraisers.  If we do not have Appraisers, we cannot provide the teams with feedback and the scores necessary to move them on to the next level of competition.  Each team is required to provide at least one (1) volunteer.  If your team does not provide a volunteer, they will be permitted to perform at the tournament — but they will be in what we call a “non-competitive”  bracket.  This means they cannot move up to the next level of competition – and have no chance of going to Globals!  There will also be a $200 non-appraiser fee assessed against the team.  Click here to sign up as a MADI volunteer: Register Here!

How do I receive appraiser training?

MADI provides two (2) Saturdays (see the calendar for details) where we will train every Appraiser for their specific assignment.  People who have never appraised before will be required to spend the entire day in training.  Experienced appraises need only be there for the afternoon, where they will be prepped on the finer points of their challenge.  In some cases, you may be able to train on-line!  Contact the MADI Affiliate Director for more information.  Thank you for considering giving your time to Destination Imagination!

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