Destination Imagination

    The Destination Imagination Challenge Program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, curiosity and courage through academic Challenges. Challenges blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Students who participate learn invaluable 21st century skills as well as patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process.

    How it works: The program is open to 3rd-5th Graders, with 2 to 7 members on a team. This program is student driven! There is absolutely no outside help allowed. 

    Fee: $100-$150 (Scholarships may be available)

    Timing: The program will start in mid to late September and could go til the end of May - it just depends on how far the students advance. Teams will meet after school once a week for an hour (specific day of the week is TBD), in December we may increase the amount of days and times.

    Where: After school at school 

    Volunteers: Team managers are there to supervise, provide resources and teach skills, teamwork and problem solving skills. The team members generate the ideas, execute the ideas, and plan a performance showcasing their ideas. If you are interested in volunteering as a team manager please contact Sandy Hollander, no experience necessary.

    Benefits Of Destination Imagination: The Destination Imagination program prepares kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences and technology with creativity, teamwork and problem solving.

    • Creative thinking skills
    • Innovation skills
    • Presentation skill
    • Self-confidence
    • Technical skill
    • Thinking on your feet
    • Project management
    • Teamwork – leadership and being a good team member
    • Independent learning skills
    • A new self-learning process – try, fail, learn, try again until it works.

    Ideal Team Members: Creative thinkers, who enjoy being on a team, who enjoy a hands-on approach to learning. (skill sets: writers, artist, musicians, builders, singers) Kids are really busy and Destination Imagination is very time consuming. We start off meeting once a week for an hour. Around December we start meeting for longer periods, sometimes a few times a week and possible on weekends.

    To learn more about the Destination Imagination program, please click here

    To learn more about our 2016-17 teams, here is the link to our teams Video from last year

    If interested in trying out for Firesides Destination Imagination Team you can download the application and turn it into Ms.Fitzgerald. We will also be sending home the application along with a scheduled meeting time (mid September) to find out more information.


    GRADE(S): 3rd, 4th, 5th

    ORGANIZER: Janine Fitzgerald, Tutor -  Gifted and Talented (GT) 

    MEETINGS: After school - weekly (with increased frequency later in the year)