What is Destination Imagination (DI)?
Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational program where teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. DI is a challenge and process-based program. In working to solve Challenges, teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking. The program takes place across 48 American (USA) states and more than 30 countries including Canada, Turkey, Korea, Guatemala, Poland, China, India, Great Britain, Brazil and Singapore.
In Singapore, we initiated a preschool representation at the Nationals Tournament. To promote our CARE values, we negotiated for it to be a non-competitive Tournament for the preschoolers, essentially every preschooler will be a winner with a little medal at the awards ceremony. The tournement consists of 2 componenets; Team Challenge and Instant Challenge.
The Team Challenge topic is made known prior to the event and each 8-member team has to perform its solution in the form of an 8-minute skit to the judges and showcasing their self-made props. The children thereafter will be led into a room for their Instant Challenge where the problem and the materials are disclosed to them on the spot and they have to solve the problem within a stipulated time frame.
Objectives of DI
DI emphasizes the importance of team work and in valuing every single person’s contribution and input. Through the DI program, children are empowered to take charge of their projects and tasks and to make decisions independently. It is also an avenue for children to enhance their creativty as they brainstorm and generate novel and useful solutions to problems.
DI in our Centre
DI is a value added program that we have integrated into our preschool program. The DI program focuses heavily on the importance of 21st century skills and we believe it should start from our little ones. We aim to provide our children with the opportunity to learn through the creative processes and strengthen skills such as self-confidence, courage and perseverance, which are invaluable life skills that they can acquire at a young age.
DI in our Program
We have integrated DI into our Kindergarten 1 & 2 programs and the children are engaged in both team and instant challenges. Team challenges involves critical thinking, problem solving techniques, teamwork, and a creative process that is sustained over a period of time as they work on their project. While instant challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking. This increases the levels and types of communication, and emphasizes the need for real-time teamwork and problem solving. The DI program has also been beneficial for our teachers.