Say participation has helped them "do better in school"
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row, a random poll of students K-12 suggests that superintendents, teachers and parents seeking a tool to help students improve their grades and "do better in school" should consider Destination Imagination's problem solving challenge programs.
The University of Tennessee has just completed analyzing data from a survey of more than 500 youth who participated in Destination Imagination's Global Finals competition in problem solving on the UT campus in May, and the results are identical to the findings of a similar survey of more than 800 competitors in DI's Global Finals in 2011.
To see the full report, go to http://www.idodi.org/index.php/component/content/article/46-news/377-better-grades.
With world headquarters in Cherry Hill, NJ, near Philadelphia, Destination Imagination annually attracts more than 125,000 youth worldwide to participate in its hands-on, competitive team problem solving tournaments. Teams are fielded from nearly all U.S. states, the Canadian provinces and 30 nations.
Students responding to the survey at this year's Global Finals said they believed participation had helped them improve their grades, a majority said participation in DI had helped them "do better in school," had improved their self confidence, helped them become better communicators, enhanced their respect for others, and had improved their creativity and problem solving skills.
"Back to back in two consecutive years, these two surveys show kids understand that participation in DI improves their academic performance, which is a key requirement in school accreditation and funding today," said Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination Inc. "Kids also report they participate more in classroom activities, conduct themselves better, get along with others better, and are focused on learning and achieving. All of this is good news for anyone involved in school administration or teaching."
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