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mechanisms, published by the Visual Realization Program, is a free enewsletter that profiles novel and innovative DIIMSA lessons, activities, methods, strategies and projects used by DIIMSA participants. Click here to access the mechanisms enewsletter

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Getting Started – DIIMSA Guidesets

Facilitators, teachers and administrators recommend the DIIMSA Guidesets as a way to get started using the  DIIMSA instructional framework.

DIIMSA Pics-Fair is a topic- or concept-to-picture Instructional Assignment that provides a way for students to “let the camera drive the content” as they explore and research science in their own communities.  Learn More: DIIMSA Pics-Fair (Getting Started)

DIIMSA VBOARD is a vocabulary-enhancement activity that provides a way for students to connect words (content, concepts, academic, SAT) to a scene (picture or video) based on their own context of understanding. Learn More: DIIMSA VBOARD (Getting Started)

DIIMSA Extreme Vocabulary is a checking for understanding strategy that allows learners to show what they truly know about key concepts, words (content, concepts, academic, SAT) and associated content, while making it engaging to boost long-term understanding.  Learn More: DIIMSA Extreme Vocabulary (Advancing)

Guidesets are full color and categorized by grade-level and topic: DIIMSA online store.


DIIMSA images, products and video clips are available for educational organizations and institutions: DIIMSA Stock.

DIIMSA Pics-Fair (Program Level) Challenge

DIIMSA Pics-Fair (Program Level) challenge is a contest that focuses on how digital imagery is used during DIIMSA experiences. This contest provides participants a way to submit their work as “the camera drives the science.”  DIIMSA Pics-Fair Submission Guidelines