MANCHESTER, NH — Teaching more than 500 students’ collaboration, communication and problem solving skills may not always make not look pretty – but it is a lot of fun for everyone.
On Jan. 10, students from around the state converged on Londonderry High School to learn these skills to prepare for statewide competitions in Destination Imagination Challenges based in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended, solved only by student team members and is appraised for a number of innovative and creative attributes. In all, more than 3,000 students will compete in New Hampshire, joining more than 200,000 students competing in 48 states and 30 countries.
Sessions ranged from improvisation and presentation skills to identifying and utilizing properties of materials in unique ways, as well as problem solving communication and collaboration techniques – skills that are as much life skills as they are to help the team success at the tournaments.
“This is about learning these skills, primarily from our alumni – the adult Appraisers who were once on a team just like our student team members are,” according to Jill Schoonmaker, the New Hampshire executive director. “Now they are working in science, education, the arts, medicine, government – almost everywhere, but they come back to share how to learn and apply the skills in creative problem solving.”
“DI” teams form in the fall months, often through schools, and compete in March. Each team is trying to advance to the State Finals and ultimately to Destination Imagination Global Finals in May. For more information, visit NH-DI.org or the organization’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/NHICC.