August 18, 2015
Written by Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination (DI) recognizes the urgency to bridge the gap between education and the emerging global economy. Every year, our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs help more than 150,000 students worldwide learn the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond.
Students who participate in Destination Imagination learn and experience the creative process—a system of learning that teaches students how to bring an idea all the way through to fruition. Through this process, they learn invaluable 21st century and career readiness skills, including creative and critical thinking, collaboration, project management, risk taking and how to build on their unique strengths.
Dr. Mark A. Runco, Professor of Educational Psychology for the Torrance Creativity Center at the University of Georgia and Board Member for the Center for Childhood Creativity recently completed a study measuring student engagement and creative attitudes and values among students who participate in Destination Imagination and students who do not.
According to the statistically significant results, Destination Imagination students:
- Are more engaged and imaginative when completing given tasks
- Are more creativity more than non-DI participants
- Are more self-confident and tenacious
- Are able to elaborate on and generate more ideas than non-DI participants
- Recognize the importance of collaboration—86% of DI students agree that their teamwork skills improved within 1-2 years of participation
- Are more inquisitive—92% of DI students agree that solutions to problems are often improved by considering a variety of perspectives
- Believe it is important and useful to get along with people who are different (92%)
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