Destination Imagination is a creative problem solving competition for school-aged children that encourages creative growth and long-term problem solving skills. These skills are important for young children as they can be directly related to future success in school, home, and the workplace. This extracurricular activity has impacted 1.5 million people across the globe, and has helped encourage the development of skills that the modern school system leaves untapped.

Author Biography

Joshua Calkin currently works as an Environmental Consultant for Environmental Resources Management. His work focuses on Performance and Assurance for various company’s Environmental and Health and Safety needs. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Construction Management and his Masters in Civil Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has participated as a student in Destination Imagination for two years and has helped administer the challenges at the Regional, State and Global levels for the last ten years.

Megan Karlsen, M.H.A., currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of A Little Something Different, a group home and day program provider for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Houston area. Her career has been driven by her strong passion for genetics and healthcare science. After receiving a B.S. in Genetics from Texas A&M University and a M.H.A. from Texas Women’s University, she spent a year as a LoneStar LEND Fellow (Leadership & Education in Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) doing research, didactic seminars and clinical rotations in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Additionally, Megan has spent nineteen years participating in the Destination Imagination program as both a competitor and a volunteer.