Statewide Destination Imagination competition to be hosted at UAPB

DI-2015PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will be the host location for the statewide Destination Imagination (DI) Tournament Saturday, March 14. This is the first time the competition has been held on UAPB’s campus, and leaders are excited.

“The UAPB STEM Academy and Destination Imagination (DI) share a common interest – creative and innovative educational approaches,” said Dr. Mary E. Benjamin, vice chancellor for Research, Innovation and Economic Development. “As such, we are excited to host the DI State Tournament here and look forward to a rich experience for both partners.”

In DI’s search for tournament venues, consideration is given first to a location that is central to the area served, according to Arkansas DI State Coordinator Mike Mitchell. The facility must be able to physically handle the event: challenge sites must be of a particular dimension to handle the solution presentation and the audience and there must be adequate parking. It is always best if the facility is accustomed to handling students.

“Arkansas Destination Imagination operates totally through volunteers. All funding we generate is directed straight back to the students of Arkansas through their participation in the Destination Imagination Program,” said Mitchell. “It is refreshing to deal with educators such as Dr. Benjamin and Dr. [Charles] Colen who visualize the importance of the work we do and who are willing to invest themselves for a common good.”

More than 1,200 students from multiple districts across Arkansas will convene on UAPB’s campus to compete for placement in the regional tournament. Judges will be onsite to determine the best-in-class in categories such as Technical, Scientific, Theatrical/Fine Arts, Improvisation, and Structure.

Destination ImagiNation, Inc. is an extraordinary non-profit organization that provides two educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Every year, they reach 100,000 students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. Destination ImagiNation, the core program, is an exhilarating after-school activity in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. Destination ImagiNation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with more than 1.3 million alumni and a global network of 35,000 volunteers.

The underpinnings of Destination ImagiNation’s work in creativity, teamwork and problem solving were developed in collaboration with the world-renowned Center for Creative Learning. Today, Destination ImagiNation has an extensive global network and a devoted staff to carry out its programs. It stands among the world’s most progressive institutions in creativity and innovation, and it seeks to revitalize the educational experience of students around the world.

For more information, contact the division of Research, Innovation and Economic Development at (870) 575-8214 or visit http://arkansasdi.org/index.php/this-season/tournaments.html .

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