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For the fourth year in a row, PLP is proud to be starting our work for Destination Imagination in our PLP Maker classes!

Destination Imagination (DI)’s website describes itself as an educational nonprofit that prepares learners for a future that is rapidly evolving. This is a project-based learning experience that applies the creative process across seven different Challenge types from ages K to university. Their vision is to inspire and equip participants to achieve anything they can imagine in life and their 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. From the very moment we heard of DI, PLP knew this was a great fit for us! Check out more about why PLP loves DI in this post!

 

As the research graphic presented here shows, DI actively works to develop these skills in learners both through the team challenge and the instant challenge that teams will compete in at the regional and provincial tournament as PLP learners.

The work the PLP learners do to prepare for the tournaments is challenging: physically and mentally. They need to work as a team in collaborative way to develop a solution to the challenge within some pretty challenging constraints! In addition, this is done while following a very strict policy about interference; namely, only team members may contribute ideas and create the Team Challenge and Instant Challenge solutions. Help from non-team members, including parents, friends, and the Team Manager, is called ‘Interference’.

Over 150,000 people world wide compete in DI, luckily in BC it is supported by gaming grants and other major sponsors that make it free for teams to use, and the school supports our entry fees into the Tournaments. However, since it is a non-profit organization, they do depend heavily on volunteers and our teams will be required to provide a volunteer for the regional tournament at Seycove. We are also asking for a few items to support our teams as they prepare for the tournament.

All PLP learners are required to attend the regional tournament from PLP 8-12 (non-competing grade levels will be volunteers). PLP 8 and 9 will also attend the provincial tournament.

PLP DI Tournament Dates for 2020

To help our PLP community get ready for these tournaments, we recently hosted a webinar which discussed these items and more! Please check it out in the embed below. We look forward to welcoming you all to both tournaments!