If you do, pack your panties and join a Destination ImagiNation team.
If you do, pack your panties and join a Destination ImagiNation team. Destination ImagiNation or DI is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to help kids learn teamwork, creativity, and problem solving while having a lot of fun. In one skit, the team came up with a character named Wedgie Boy, majestically wearing, you guessed it, underwear on his head!
There are lots of benefits for joining a DI team. Mary Ann Goff, the Colorado Affiliate DI training director said "DI teaches kids to solve problems creatively. Kids learn that they can do all kinds of great things all by themselves. They learn teamwork, self-confidence, and that there are many different ways to approach a challenge. They may learn how to use power tools, how to act in front of a large crowd, how to make others laugh and how to tell a story. And when they grow up, DI kids find that their creative problem solving inner kids can help them in their jobs as well."
A team can be made up of 2 – 7 people. Then the team picks one of 7 challenges to solve as a group. You have 8 – 12 weeks to come up with a unique solution that your team will present at a DI tournament. One of this year's challenges is finding a way to make aluminum foil, wood, and glue form a structure that can hold a lot of weight, like your mom's old computer. There are also challenges where you create a skit that also has technical problems to solve.
Also, you have to work on instant challenges where creativity and problem solving are done on the spot. You won't know what you have to do until you get to the tournament. When you get to the room, the judges will give your team a challenge and you have to improvise on the spot.
When asked why kids would join DI, Mary Ann Goff replied, "Kids join DI for lots of reasons. First, it's lots of fun. It gives you a chance to use your imagination and creativity to solve the DI challenges. And, most important, it's up to the kids to solve the challenges by themselves. Adults can help the kids understand the challenge, but it's up to the kids to decided what they want to do and how they're going to do it. You may build a robot, write and act in a skit, or figure out how to make a vehicle move. There is no end to the things you can do."
If you are interested in joining a team, check out their website at www.idodi.org.