CHERRY HILL, N.J., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost 15,000 participants in the Opening Ceremonies of Destination Imagination's Global Finals world problem solving competition May 23 will be entertained, excited and motivated by the keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Nussbaum, the author of Save Your Brain and a leading brain health expert.
And, during commencement on May 26 for high school and college students who have chosen to graduate at Global Finals, Think Sideways author, ideator and serial entrepreneur Tamara Kleinberg will motivate graduates to imagine beyond their imagination.
Speeches by the two internationally renowned motivational thinkers will be among the highlights of the action-packed four days in which more than 8,000 youth on some 1,200 teams from throughout the world will compete in the world's largest creativity, critical thinking and collaborative problem solving event. Both Dr. Nussbaum and Ms. Kleinberg will be signing their books and interacting with Global Finals participants.
"The team challenges youth of all ages must solve at Destination Imagination require immense creative brainpower and an energetic, unbridled curiosity that leads to bold new ideas," declared Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination Inc. (DI), a non-profit based in Cherry Hill, NJ that manages the largest K-college creativity, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving program in the world. "Having luminaries in the essential practices of thinking and ideation like Paul and Tamara should motivate all of us at Global Finals to aspire to new levels of creativity in everything we do!"
GLOBAL FINALS IS A CREATIVE CELEBRATION
Destination Imagination (www.idodi.org) has had a positive impact on more than 1.5 million youth and adults who have benefitted from taking part in its acclaimed Challenge Programs. This year, another 100,000 have competed in tournaments throughout the U.S. and in 30 countries to earn a spot at the finals in May 23-26, hosted on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville.
This celebration of creativity will feature unique solutions for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Improv, Theater Arts, and Community Service challenges.
The Innovation Expo at Globals this year will feature NASA, Casio, ThinkFun, Texas Instruments, Virginia Tech, Michigan Tech, Philadelphia University, The University of Tennessee, and many other exhibitors. Students will have a chance to learn about environmental sustainability at the 3M sponsored "Explore the Uncharted" exhibit, and brain health in the Ready-Headset-Go exhibit.
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