What is DI?
Destination Imagination is an international, educational program that gives kids an amazing outlet for their creativity, while teaching them leadership, teamwork, positive thinking, project management, and so much more.
Teams of two to seven kids from third grade through university level solve one of six open-ended challenges (Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Service Learning, Improvisation, or Technical) in their own unique ways, and present their solutions at regional tournaments in February or March. Teams also solve an on-the-spot Instant Challenge at the tournaments, where they must think quickly on their feet and work together to solve a problem in around five minutes.
There's even a noncompetitive Rising Stars! category with a special challenge for K-2nd grade.
Winners advance to the affiliate (state/country) tournament, and winners at the affiliate tournament move on to Global Finals to compete against more than 1,400 teams from around the world.
What is the Friends of Tosa DI?
We are a non-profit organization, founded in 2015. Our goals are to connect the Destination Imagination programs in different Wauwatosa schools; to encourage more kids to participate in DI; and to support and encourage all members of our DI community: team managers, school coordinators, parents, volunteers, and--most of all--students.
DI in Wauwatosa public schools has grown significantly in the past five years: from 15 teams in 2012 to 43 teams in 2017. Wow! Student teams are found at seven different schools: Lincoln (five teams), Longfellow (nine), McKinley (six), Roosevelt (10), Tosa East (two), Washington (six), and Wilson/WSTEM (six).
Our organization provides workshops, Instant Challenge materials, and financial assistance for Wauwatosa teams advancing to DI Global Finals. In the spring of 2017, for the first time, we awarded a scholarship to a graduating senior who has participated in DI.
To learn more, contact us at FriendsOfTosaDI@gmail.com.