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, Instant Challenges, and then present them at a tournament in the spring. 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 - 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
- Ability to believe that team members can solve the problem
- Tolerance of student’s work styles and pacing
- Recognition that conflict is part of finding a creative solution.
How do I learn how to be a Team Manager
As a Team Manager, you will receive the following:
- Challenge materials including a Roadmap outlining your first 16 team meetings.
- Team Manager training
- Webinar training
- Access to:
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 that place at their Regional Tournament have the option to advance to the State Tournament in April. Teams that place at State have the option to advance to Global Finals at the end of May.