Destination Imagination Launches Annual Challenge Program
Destination Imagination is launching its 2016-17 Challenge Program,
designed to supply students
with the skills they will need to survive in the 21st century
economy and workforce.
The challenge is a school
year-long program that begins with teams at local schools working on
projects that emphasize science, technology, engineering, art and math
The teams of up to seven members then demonstrate their projects at
competitions and eventually 1,400 finalist teams, made up of 8,000
from kindergarten through college, compete in the Global Finals held
in Knoxville, TN.
Begun in 1982, the challenge
last year involved more than 150,000 students in 48 states and 30
Each year, Destination
Imagination designates new challenges demonstrating different skills
students to work together to solve. This year's challenges include:
- Technical (Show & Tech), which will ask teams to write and present a story on a stage they
adding at least one technical effect;
- Scientific (Top Secret) will require teams to research cryptography and steganography and
incorporate the techniques into an original script. They also design
a gadget that appears to be an everyday item;
- Engineering (In It Together) will ask teams of students to design, build and test multiple freestanding
structures that work together to support as much weight as possible,
developing and presenting a collaborative solution to a global issue;
- Fine Arts (Vanished!) will encourage teams to research the meanings, roles and uses of
before presenting a team-created story about how the disappearance of a
color changes the world. The teams must use technical theater methods
a vanishing act;
- Improvisation (3Peat), which will ask teams to create and present three improvisational
from the same story prompt and present each sketch in a different
- Service Learning/Project Outreach (Ready, Willing
Fable) will require that teams identify, design, plan
and carry out a project that addresses a real community need, then
create a live
presentation of a team-created fable that integrates information about
- Early Learning/Rising Stars (Save the Day), students in preschool through second grade, will use simple
create and build a new invention and then present a play about how the
invention saves the day.
During the first part of the school
year, teams will work on their projects. Then, in the first part of the
calendar year, they will compete in regional competitions where they
judged not only by category but by grade level. Team projects will be
originality, workmanship, presentation and teamwork.
High-scoring teams will
advance to state- or country-level competitions and then finally to the
"Our annual Destination
Imagination Challenge Program provides future scientists, engineers,
entrepreneurs and creators a fun opportunity to explore real-world
said Destination Imagination CEO Chuck Cadle, "while at the same time
these important skills needed in the 21st century."
For more information on participating, go to destinationimagination.org.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.