Destination Imagination values ​​learning and contributes to it

By Victoria Wittenbrock
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GREEN BAY – Hundreds of student teams will gather April 9 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) for the 2022 Imagination Destination (DI) Partnership Competition.

“We are excited to bring the Affiliate Destination Imagination Tournament back to campus after a multi-year hiatus due to a pandemic,” said Jason Matwig, UWGB’s executive manager for education. “This event is a great opportunity for UW-Green Bay to showcase our beautiful campus to families from all over the state who have probably never set foot in our town.”

Destination Imagination, commonly known as DI, is a competitive and educational activity for students from kindergarten to 12th grade that is based around STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).

Each DI team consists of five to seven students.

The upcoming UWGB tournament will divide competitors into three different levels – elementary, middle and high school.

Each team will present their solution to the Team Challenge in front of the judges and spectators.

Participants work together over a period of several months to generate solutions to the Team’s problems of their choice.

Organizers said there are seven new challenges this year: improvisation, fine arts, service training, technical training and early learning.

Teams will also participate individually in an immediate challenge, allowing them to test quick thinking and problem solving.

Matwig said there is also a ‘Star Rising’ category that allows aspiring innovators from kindergarten to second grade to participate in a non-competitive show aspect.

“The impact of this event on the competitive students is invaluable,” he said. “Through these challenges, it gives them teamwork skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills while building their confidence.”

The bright and early day begins with registration at 6:30, with performances at 8 p.m.

The competition will be held at various locations on the UWGB campus, including the Brown County Innovation Center STEM, Mary Ann Cofrin Hall, Wood Hall and Rose Hall.

UWGB Chancellor Michael Alexander said he hopes each opponent’s experience is “memorable and meaningful”.

The success of each team will be determined by the judges of the tournament, who will ultimately determine their possible advancement to the May finals in Kansas City, Missouri.

For more information about the Destination Tournament Imagination and printable maps visit uwgb.edu/destination-imagination.

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