Last month, educators and Destination Imagination (DI) volunteers from around the world gathered at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® in Huntsville, Alabama for our 2016 Ignite Innovative Education Summit.
“This year’s Ignite Summit was an opportunity for educators and Destination Imagination volunteers to come together for a shared vision and learn about the innovative ways in which we can better equip our students with the skills needed to thrive in the future workforce,” said Dr. Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination. “We are grateful for our Ignite partners, Share Fair Nation and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, who helped us to succeed in this mission.”
From engaging in project-based learning challenges to learning about new, creative ways to help students gain financial literacy, more than 300 people came together for the four-day event to reimagine learning, network and grow their skill sets.
“The Ignite Summit was very important because it not only brought together Destination Imagination coordinators, Regional Directors and Affiliate Directors, but it brought together educators, which allowed us to bounce ideas off of one another and to express the importance of implementing the DI program into their classrooms,” said Darnesha Vesey, Destination Imagination Regional Director in Detroit, Michigan. “We were able to learn a lot from each other.”
In addition to the 40 available workshops, attendees had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers while gazing at the Saturn V rocket above them in the Davidson Center. This year’s speakers included Gregg Maryniak, XPRIZE co-founder; Scott Barry Kaufman, scientific director at the Imagination Institute; Dr. Ron Beghetto, international creativity expert and professor of Education Psychology at the University of Connecticut; and Linda Larsen, an international award-winning speaker, author and former comedic actress.
A few guests capped off the four-day educational conference with a mini Space Camp experience, where they assumed roles in hands-on, interactive space missions and learned what it is like to train as an astronaut and problem solve in space.
Destination Imagination would like to thank all of our educators and volunteers, as well as Share Fair Nation, Partnership for 21st Century Learning, and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for collaborating with us at our most innovative education conference yet. We look forward to celebrating an incredible new season of Destination Imagination with you!