Destination Imagination…Come join the fun!

December 01, 2018

 

The Lattof YMCA is proud to participate in Destination Imagination, a program designed to to engage children in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills. "

Dr. Tony Wagner - author, educator and Harvard University Expert in Residence - is known for his significant research documenting the state of education in the United States. He maintains that our education system has failed to evolve since its creation in 1893, and in today's innovative world, believes it's crucial that we equip children with "21st century skills" in order to put our future leaders and innovators on a path towards success.

Of the seven 21st century survival skills that Dr. Wagner outlines, two of them highlight the importance of critical thinking and creativity. However, since 1990, we've seen the education system move more towards standardized testing and further away from critical, creative thinking. This certainly poses a problem for our future leaders and innovators. So, how do we promote more creative thinking and problem solving?

Enter Destination Imagination, a program whose sole mission is to engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills. Destination Imagination encourages children to learn how to think, not what to think.

As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, and a pioneer in afterschool programs, the Y believes in providing resources for our youth that will give them the best chance to succeed in school and life. That's why we are delighted to announce our participation in Destination Imagination. With such an enlightening and uplifting program, we hope to equip our youth with 21st century skills, giving them the chance to become future leaders and innovators.

Dates
November 5, 2018 through February 9, 2019.

Fees
Members: $115
Non- members: $160

Ages
5-12 years of age.
*Tournament teams are based on five members in the same grade. All participants may not be eligible to compete if team requirements aren't met.*

Check out the video below and inspire your kids to think outside the box!

 

Register today by contacting the Lattof YMCA's Youth Development Director, Susie Wapniarski, at swapniarski@ymcachicago.org.