Find out how you can get started with the most innovative program available to children.
Maryland Creative Problem Solvers, Inc. (MCPSI) is a non-profit Affiliate of Destination ImagiNation, Inc. Find out how you can help bring this exciting program to Maryland’s children.
Been there, Done that? Great! Help us give the same experiences you have enjoyed to other Maryland kids.
Destination ImagiNation (DI) is the world’s largest creative problem solving program for kindergarten through college-aged learners, going strong in 48 states and over 30 countries. Teams of up to 7 members solve one of seven different Challenges, which they perform in front of appraisers at tournaments.
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization that inspires and equips students to be come the next generation of innovators and leaders.
DI encourages students to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Participants build on their strengths while learning patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. For more information on DI, see www.DestinationImagination.org.
Who can join? Anyone! Your school, PTA, gifted program, Community Ed or after school program, home school group, YMCA or YWCA, Scouting programs, 4H, community organization, your family – anyone up for a challenge and fun.
Each year, over 600 Maryland Destination Imagination teams compete throughout the state. Many teams begin working in September, but others begin the process later in the year. After weeks and months of preparation, the teams begin competition at the regional level during the months of February and March. There are eight Maryland Destination ImagiNation regions. The winning teams advance to the State Tournament in April. The top placing teams at States advance to Global Finals in late May at the University of Tennessee.
If you want to join the fun, check out our FAQs and the Start a Team Guide in the Resource section for information to help get your school involved. For additional info on starting a team, contact your Regional Director (see our Regional pages) or contact Affiliate Director, Sally Gold. Then purchase your team pack by going to www.destinationimagination.org and click on Start a Team.
If your team is from a public school in Anne Arundel, Charles, Harford, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Montgomery or Wicomico Counties, you may be eligible for a reduced cost team pack. Contact your Regional Director for details.