Organization FAQs

What type of organization are you?

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization.  Georgia Enriches Minds, the Georgia affiliate of  Destination Imagination, is also 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.

 

What is the format?

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. We also offer a Pre-K STEM and Literacy program.

 

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?

Destination Imagination charges a team challenge/team number fee which comes with the program materials (electronic or paper) and access to DI University for online training. Early learning registration is $60 for ten students and the other levels have a registration fee of $105 for one team electronic download and $125 per team electronic and paper challenge materials.  For the 2016/2017 program year, Georgia charges an additional $100 per team free which covers the costs for teams to participate in Georgia, including training, Instant Challenge Day and general administration.  If a team participates in a Tournament (Regional Showcase and/or the Affiliate Tournament), there is an additional $25 tournament fee.    Each challenge has a “budget” for everything that appears “on stage” at the Tournament (typically $100-150).  Material costs are variable by team and are not included in the registration fee or Georgia affiliate fee.

 

What is an academic competition?

Academic competitions, sometimes referred to as tournaments, are where student teams present their Challenge solutions. There are regional, state, country and global tournaments. Top-scoring teams can progress to the global tournament called Global Finals. Total fees for teams progressing to state tournaments average is $100. Global Finals fees include all meals, housing, campus events, and tournament registration for four or more days. The highest fee is $750 per attendee. Guest and Day Passes are available for team supporters.

 

How do I form a team?

The Start a Team page will guide you through the team registration process. You may also call our customer service representatives at 1-888-321-1503 or email them at AskDI@dihq.org.

 

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.  If you are interested in volunteering with Georgia Destination Imagination, please contact us at ad@gadi.org

 

How do I receive training?

DI University offers online training modules and Licensee Affiliates offer face-to-face training.