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Creative problem solving program “Destination Imagination” returns to Georgia

Destination Imagination (DI) is back in Georgia after a two-year hiatus. In the DI program, teams of kids work together on challenges that require a combination of technical, artistic and performance skills, although some challenges lean more toward scientific aspects, where others incorporate more of the arts.

A hallmark of DI is encouraging kids to tackle problems for themselves. Each team has one or more team managers, who can be teachers or parents, but these managers are primarily facilitators who help the team work together to learn new skills and come up with solutions. All the ideas and all the work must come from the team members themselves. In my experience, when this is done right, the kids surprise everyone — including their parents and themselves — with how self-sufficient and creative they can be.

DI is open to kids from kindergarten through college, with the challenges tailored to various ages. Teams typically form now, at the start of the school year. In the early spring, teams compete (against others of similar age) in a state tournament, usually held in the metro Atlanta area. Teams that win at the state tournament have the opportunity to go to D.I. Global Finals, an international event that will be held in May 2023 in Kansas City, MO.

I was a team manager with the DI program for many years, and both of my kids participated on teams. I absolutely endorse this program, and I recommend it ahead of the very similar Odyssey of the Mind program, even though Odyssey is the more popular program in Georgia. If you want to know more about my experiences or get some tips, send me a note through the Contact page of this website and I’ll be glad to set up a phone call with you.

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  1. August 30, 2022 at 6:29 am

    And of course, Destination Imagination is an offshoot of Odyssey of the Mind which has been going on through the Pandemic, at first virtually in Spring of 2020, then both in 2020- Spring 2021 with a world finals tournament in Orlando Florida, and then last year again both virtual and in-person with a world finals at Iowa State University in Ames. My husband is a coach for OM and I’ve been a judge. I would never ever criticise anyone who does DI – it is terrific! This is only to supplement the previous post and let any readers know that if they have questions about OM they can please contact me at Steinberg.davida@gmail.com

    Thanks and good luck in ALL extra curriculars this year – may you compete in good health!

    • August 30, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      Davida, thanks for volunteering to field people’s questions about Odyssey of the Mind. I was actually a coach in Odyssey for two years before moving over to DI. For me and my teams, DI provided a much more positive experience in a variety of aspects. That’s why I personally recommend DI. But I know there are many kids and schools that love Odyssey.

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