Early Childhood Program
As an exciting supplement to our Early Childhood program, Feynman School pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten students take on the challenge of Destination Imagination. The Rising Stars! for Early Learners Challenge offers simple experiences with the creative process, and it gives young students a chance to work together to solve an open-ended challenge.
Every year, Destination Imagination writers develop a new Rising Stars! for Early Learners Challenge. They focus on creating a fun learning environment and allowing kids to be creative. The Challenge is noncompetitive, which helps ease pressure and lets kids play and experiment with their solutions. However, there is a showcase option, which allows teams to perform their solutions at a tournament.
Starting in First Grade, our students participate in the competitive arm of Destination Imagination. They focus on team-building and innovation by first trying their hand at Instant MacGyver-like Challenges. In these challenges, students are given a set amount of materials which they use in a very compressed amount of time to design and execute a given task they have never seen before. The Instant Challenge provides students with the experience of having to think critically and creatively on demand, simulating what they might encounter someday when perhaps working for NASA and posed with the problem of finding a way for a damaged spacecraft to be able to successfully re-enter our atmosphere.
As part of a competitive team, these students participate in a Team Challenge as well as an Instant Challenge. The Team Challenge may focus on technology, science, engineering, or drama and the visual arts and culminates in a dramatic presentation at local, state and global competitions. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Academic tournaments take place around the country and around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve these Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage) to build on their unique strengths.
Destination Imagination inspires children to apply science, math and the arts in fun, innovative ways. We have found that the program encourages students to take risks, develop resilience, hone creative and critical thinking skills, gain oral presentation skills, and enjoy working as a team.
Destination Imagination is definitely a great time of year for students and teachers alike!