As usual, Workspace Education is brimming with energy, part of which emanates from the myriad events being held here. This weekend, Workspace is proud to be the host of the Destination Imagination Connecticut State Team Challenge. I know, that’s a mouthful, and needs some explanation. Before we get to that, though, I should answer this question: What is “Destination Imagination?”
All of us at Workspace hear about Destination Imagination, or “DI,” as we colloquially call it in the Workspace vernacular, but for most, it’s a bit of a mystery. What it is? What do they do? Good questions.
DI’s website says their mission is to “engage participants in project-based challenges that … develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills.” owned by young learners, and utilizing methods including fun learning and creative and collaborative problem-solving. Now we can see why Di fits right in the with Workspace ethos and essence. They’re right in step with what we believe in.
Now, on to this weekend’s competition. The DI Team Challenge is where kids use their creative design thinking to come up with fun ways to solve problems. Our DI team is participating in the Fine Arts Challenge, where they will be enacting a skit based on the card game Sleeping Queens. Check out these props, which our learners made themselves.
Beautiful work! After all the state and regional and even national challenges, winning contestants from around the world will be off to the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Kansas City, MO on May 21 to 25. Who knows, maybe some of our own Workspacian DIers may be on their way to Kansas City next month. It all makes me want to listen to the Wilbert Harrison R and B classic written by Lieber and Stoller.
Good luck to our Workspace contestants, and we’ll do an update of this blog on Monday, with plenty of new pictures, and will let you know how things went over the weekend. Have a good weekend!
UPDATED MONDAY, APRIL 8 — We won!! Yay! Yes, our Workspacian DI team, “The Fantastics,” were the winners this weekend, in more ways than one. Yes, they won the competition, buut also won by meeting and getting to know other DI participants from all over Connecticut! It was a superb day, and a big “win” for everyone at Workspace and Destination Imagination!