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SOURCE Destination Imagination
World's largest celebration of creativity welcomes more than 16,000 attendees from across the globe to Knoxville, Tennessee
CHERRY HILL, N.J., May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and service learning challenges, will celebrate Global Finals 2014, the world's largest creative thinking and problem solving competition for students from May 21-24. A record setting 1,414 qualifying teams representing 41 states and 16 countries will travel to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to compete for the top prize. This year's competition promises to be the biggest yet, with performances by "America's Got Talent" finalist David Garibaldi and "American Idol" contestant and DI alumna Rachel Hale.
The teams that qualified at state and country tournaments will present their project and compete in open-ended challenges during the four-day competition. These challenges require the team to solve a problem using a holistic approach of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge, improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication innovation, teamwork and community service in one of seven challenge categories.
"I look forward to seeing the excitement of students using their reasoning, problem solving skills, courage to take a risk, and perseverance to solve their Challenge," said Chuck Cadle, Chief Executive Officer of Destination Imagination, Inc. "We are ecstatic to give them a once in a lifetime experience where they learn skills in fun and interactive ways that will be used throughout their life."
Key Highlights of Global Finals 2014
The celebration kicks off with a Welcome Ceremony on May 21 with:
Other activities include:
Sharing the Excitement with Those Unable to Attend
Those unable to attend Global Finals will be able to view a livestream of the welcome and closing ceremonies on DI-TV, sponsored by IBM. Throughout the week, DI-TV will broadcast student reporter interviews, footage from the tournament and Innovation Expo, information about upcoming events, sponsor and partner interviews, and educator interviews at www.globalfinals.org. For those following the ceremonies on social media, get involved with our live Twitter stream by following our @GlobalFinals handle and using hashtags #IamDI and #GlobalFinals14.
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About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) cause-drive, volunteer-led non-profit organization that helps children discover their creative processes. The most popular education offering is the Challenge Program, where student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 1.5 million students. To learn more, please visit http://www.destinationimagination.org.
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