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DPS Students Earn Honors at Destination Imagination

Jun. 9, 2017
Students participate in Destination Imagination challenges

Destination Imagination is preparing Colorado’s kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences and technology with creativity, teamwork and problem-solving.

In Destination Imagination, two to seven-member teams focus on finding solutions in Team Challenges and Instant Challenges before they present their solutions to Appraisers in Tournament-style settings. By working together to develop solutions, participants push the limits of their imaginations to better themselves and best their competition.

Students participate in Destination Imagination challenges

Students participate in Destination Imagination challenges

Recently, students from Slavens School, Bradley International, Lowry Elementary, Creativity Challenge Community and other schools competed in the challenges, many of them ranking in the top 10 above nearly 1,500 other teams from around the world. One of the Denver Teams placed first in Instant Challenge.

Destination Imagination is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, DI offers seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning.

Each Challenge is open-ended and enables students to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation while fostering their creativity, courage and curiosity.

Students participate in Destination Imagination challenges

Students participate in Destination Imagination challenges

Academic tournaments take place around the state where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve the Challenges, teams learn 21st-century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage), step outside of their comfort zones to pursue ideas and make presentations and build on their unique strengths.

The DPS gifted and talented department offers DI as one of many academic enrichment opportunities for our students and provides the Denver regional tournament in March.

More detailed results are available here.

Those interested in the 2017-18 challenges can read the previews here

For questions about forming a team, please contact Minda McGurk at or 720-423-2065.

Pictured above: Students participate in Destination Imagination challenges