Start A Team

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, either contact your Regional Director or go to idodi.org

Index

Steps to Starting A Team
What is Destination Imagination
How Does DI Work
Types of Challenges
How do I Involve my Child in DI
Why be a Team Manager
What Skills are needed to be a Team Manager
How are Parents Involved
How do I learn to be a Team Manager
How do I Form a Team
How much time do I need for DI
How much does DI Cost

Steps for Starting a Team

  1. Find an adult that would be like to be the Team Manager
  2. Select up to 7 kids to be on your DI team
  3. Determine time and place for team meetings
  4. Purchase a team pack at DI Store
  5. Communicate with your team parents about meeting schedule
  6. Complete a background check for DI Colorado Background Check
  7. Begin planning team meetings using the DI Roadmap
  8. Attend Team Manager Training
  9. Have a great season

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

How do I involve my Child in DI

DI relies on volunteers to establish teams in their neighborhood or school.

Many schools and school districts support DI through school coordinators who assist in the formation of teams. DI works differently than most after-school programs; instead of signing up your child through a centralized location, parents interested in DI must form a team and recruit a volunteer team manager. All students may participate in DI as long as they have a Team Manager! There are no try-outs, no ability requirements, just the desire to work with your team to solve Challenges.

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

  1. Enjoyment in working with children
  2. Patience
  3. Curiosity
  4. Meeting/Work space at a home or school
  5. Ability to believe that team members can solve the problem
  6. Tolerant of student’s work styles and pacing
  7. Recognize that conflict is part of finding a creative solution.

How can parents be involved?

There are many ways for parents to be involved

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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 know that being a Team Manager is difficult, we want all Team Managers but especially new Team Managers to feel supported. In addition to all the materials provided to you by Destination Imagination, Inc, DI Colorado also offers our own resources page

Also, our DI Colorado staff is available by phone or email to answer any question, or just talk to you about the process. Contact Us We LOVE talking to Team Managers.

How do I Form a Team

Once you have decided to become a DI Team Manager, you need to find a team. Teams are formed by finding students that are interested in DI. How do you find these students?

1. Friends of your Student
2. Ask your child’s teacher for names of students that would like DI
3. Send out a flyer to students in the grade levels that will be on your team
4. Meet with the GT coordinator of your school for help forming a team< Teams are formed with 2 to 7 students, most often in the same school and grade level. However ANY 7 students can be a team! You can form teams in your neighborhood, home school association, school, or church.

How much time do I need for DI?

The DI season begins on September 1, with the release of that season’s Challenges, and ends with the Regional Tournament in the spring. Most team Managers start in the late fall, but some don’t begin until January. The average Team Manager meets once a week for 2 to 3 hours, and as tournament approaches the team may decide to add additional practice time. The time requirement may vary by age, 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.

How much does DI cost?

Team Membership

Type of Membership Price
Competitive Challenge Materials with Printed Materials $125 + $45 Affiliate Fee =$170, 5 or more teams are $140 each
Competitive Challenge Materials with Digital Materials $105 + $45 Affiliate Fee =$150, 5 or more teams are $140 each
Rising Star Challenge Materials with Printed Materials $75 + $30 Affiliate Fee =$105, 5 or more teams are $90 each
Rising Star Challenge Materials with Digital Materials $65 + $30 Affiliate Fee =$95, 5 or more teams are $90 each

Practice and Challenge materials

Average of $250, DI emphasizes using inexpensive materials.

Regional Tournament Registration

$0 to $100 (Depending on Region)

Regional T-shirts and Pins

$30/team member

Total

$80 – $110 per team member for a minimum of 16, 1 hour sessions.  (Most DI teams meet more time than this!) State and Global participation will increase this cost.

Compare that to:

  1. Scouting: $95.00 per year, plus camp costs, and the selling of cookies or popcorn to finance troop.
  2. Piano lessons: $30 for ½ hour: 16 hours for $960.00
  3. Girls on the Run: $135.00 per person
  4. PTA sponsored after school enrichment: $15 an hour.
  5. Hockey: $975 per player per year
  6. Field Hockey: $300 per player per year
  7. Soccer:  $125 per player per year (non-competitive) (uniform not included)
  8. CHSSA Fees per school: ranges from  $850 to a high of $3,500.