Destination Imagination to Host Largest Global Finals in History

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World’s largest celebration of creativity expects record-breaking attendance from teams worldwide

Global Finals 2015 is expected to host 17,000 students and volunteers, and will feature 1,400 teams.

We are committed to offering 21st century programs that foster future inventors, while supporting and inspiring young people worldwide.

Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering students' curiosity, courage and creativity through open-ended STEM, fine arts and service learning Challenges, has announced that a record number of teams will participate in Global Finals 2015, the world’s largest celebration of creativity, May 20-23 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Global Finals is the culminating international competition for the Destination Imagination season. At the event, teams from around the world are invited to participate in one of six different academic challenges to showcase their skills in creativity and innovation. The Challenge program is developed annually to ensure the competitions are relevant and align with National Education Standards, STEM standards, ELA Common Core Standards and Mathematics Common Core Standards.

“Destination Imagination is encouraging and challenging more and more students every year,” said Dr. Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination, Inc. “From participating students to volunteers, exhibitors and sponsors, DI has had tremendous support leading up to this year’s event.”

Presented by Disney, this year’s academic competition will host more than 17,000 students and volunteers, and will feature 1,400 teams. Eighty percent of the teams come from 48 U.S. states, including Texas, California, New York, Colorado, Michigan and Tennessee. Twenty percent are made up of international participants from 18 countries with China as the leader, closely followed by Canada, Turkey, Qatar, South Korea and Mexico.

“Disney’s vision to inspire imagination and creativity in children aligns perfectly with our mission at Destination Imagination,” said Dr. Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination, Inc. “Together we are committed to offering 21st century programs that foster future inventors, while supporting and inspiring young people worldwide.”

Destination Imagination has also partnered with several other innovative companies and organizations that will be Global Finals 2015 sponsorship partners, including 3M, National Geographic, IBM, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Pearson, and more.

For more information about Global Finals or its strategic partnerships, visit http://globalfinals.org.

About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The most popular education offering is the Challenge Program, where student teams solve open-ended STEM, arts and service learning Challenges and present their solutions to trained Appraisers. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 1.5 million students. To learn more, please visit http://destinationimagination.org.

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For additional information, contact:
Heather Ripley
Ripley PR
hripley (at) ripleypr (dot) com
865-977-1973

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