Great news! Andover Destination Imagination (DI) has three teams qualified for DI Global Finals in Knoxville, TN in May! Going to Global Finals is an unbelievable educational opportunity and a tremendous honor. These three teams earned a spot to compete from a field of 800 teams in Massachusetts. They'll now go on to Global Finals where they will compete with teams from all over the world.
There are two elementary school teams and one team of university students seeking sponsorship that will enable them to participate in this extraordinary event!!! It costs about $1200 per person to attend the Global Finals. The total cost for sending the Andover delegation will be over $30,000. Anything you can spare will help offset the costs of this tremendous learning experience.
What is DI you ask? Destination ImagiNation, (DI) Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and is the world’s largest creative problem solving organization with about 100,000 children participating each year. The program is supported each year by 35,000 volunteers all over the world. Each year teams of students select one of seven challenges that require scientific, technical or other real world research as the basis for the solution. The teams must do all of the research on their own, and present their solution in an eight-minute skit where they have created all technical devices, scenery, props, and costumes, within a very small budget. Participating in this extraordinary program meets every educational standard outlined in the MA State Frameworks, as well as National Frameworks and builds incredible life-long skills. The program emphasizes the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts along with writing and the fine arts. Children develop their teamwork skills as they learn about set backs, deadlines, and most importantly, creative, outside-the-box thinking skills. For more information, please see www.madikids.org or www.destinationimagination.org.
Please give what you can!!! Thanks in advance!!!!