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Destination ImagiNation

DI 2016-2017

Preparing Colorado’s kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences and technology with creativity, teamwork and problem solving.

Students learn collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity skills in a fun and competitive atmosphere. Working with open-ended educationally based Challenges teams work from imagination to innovation to implementation with the guidance of an adult team manager, with support from Destination Imagination Colorado.

Are you interested in being a Team Manager? Are you a new Team Manager? A Returning Team Manager? A Parent interested in getting your child involved in DI? Here are all the answers.

If you are already familiar with our program and ready to start a team, contact Kelly Parks.

IMPORTANT:  The Boulder Regional Tournament is Saturday, March 18.  Please verify the availability of your team members and families to attend this competition date prior to moving formally moving forward with your team.  For questions, please contact Kelly Parks.

Review 16.17 Challenges Here 

Steps to Start a Team

·         Find an adult that would be like to be the Team Manager

·        Select up to 7 kids to be on your DI team

·         Determine time and place for team meetings

·         Communicate with your team parents about meeting schedule

·         Complete and return a District Sponsorship Agreement Form to Kelly Parks

·         Complete a background check for DI Colorado Background Check

·         Begin planning team meetings using the DI Roadmap

·         Attend Team Manager Training

·         Have a great season

DI Info Night Presentation

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What is Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination prepares Colorado’s kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences, and technology with creativity, teamwork and problem solving in a fun and competitive atmosphere.

Join us in our mission to engage Colorado’s students, as they become the innovators of the future. Destination Imagination (DI) combines STEM, 21st Century skills, and inquiry-based learning with teamwork and fun. DI is a volunteer-led, cause-based nonprofit that inspires and equips students to become the next generation of leaders.

How does DI work

School-aged children work in teams from 2 to 7 members to solve long-term Challenges and practice Instant Challenges. The most important thing to remember is that this program is student driven! There is absolutely no outside help allowed. Team managers are there to supervise, provide resources and teach skills, teamwork and problem solving skills. The Team Members generate the ideas, execute the ideas, and plan a performance showcasing their ideas.

Types of Challenges

·        Technical

·        Scientific

·        Fine Arts

·        Improvisational

·        Structural

·        Service Learning

·        Rising Stars, our non-competitive early learning Challenge for students in K-2

Why be a Team Manager

Becoming a DI Team Manager can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have as an adult volunteer.  You get to witness the growth of your team and the amazing solutions they develop first hand. Along the way, you learn how to build teams, teach creative problem solving and form lasting relationships with your team members and other adult volunteers.

“Unlike any other organization I’ve come across, I see that DI teaches extremely valuable real-world skills that will give my kids, and the kids on my team a major head-start in life. They don’t get these valuable skills in school and very few other organizations are effective at teaching and encouraging them. More than ever, the engine of our economy is “American Ingenuity” and I want my kids to enter the working world with strong skills in this area. Being part of DI is very satisfying – and worth my time. I’ve developed a much deeper and meaningful relationship with my kids (and other DI team members) through DI. DI has prompted some great “kitchen table” discussions with my kids on very practical real-world issues. It’s also allowed me to play a major increased role in their lives and in their development that I know they value.”-Scott Dalgleish

What Skills do I need to be a Team Manager

·        Enjoyment in working with children

·        Patience

·        Curiosity

·        Meeting/Work space at a home or school

·        Ability to believe that team members can solve the problem

·        Tolerant of student’s work styles and pacing

·        Recognize that conflict is part of finding a creative solution.

·        How can parents be involved?

·        There are many ways for parents to be involved

How do I learn how to be a Team Manager

With your paid team pack you receive training and Challenge materials including a Roadmap outlining your first 16 team meetings, Team Manager trainings, webinar trainings, access to your Regional Director and Regional Challenge Master to get your questions answered. We will help you through every step of the process.  We want all Team Managers but especially new Team Managers to feel supported.

How much time do I need for DI?

Most team Managers start in the late fall, but some don’t begin until January. The average Team Manager meets once a week for 1 to 3 hours (depending on the age of the team members), and as the tournament approaches the team may decide to add additional practice time. The time requirement may also vary by Challenge chosen, and the competitive ambitions of the team.

Teams placing at their Regional Tournament will advance to the State Tournament in April and teams placing at State will advance to Global Finals at the end of May.