HOT NEWS:

2019-2020 team challenges were released on 8/1!

 

1) Purchase your team number now at ShopDI; and 2) download the First Look Document to learn more about the competitive Team Challenges for this year.

Denver

Welcome to the Denver Region for DI Colorado. We’re so glad you’re here!

 

We support all the schools in the Denver Public Schools District, as well as independent and home-school teams within the area.

The Denver Region Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 14th! Save the Date!
Denver Info

Welcome To Denver

Greetings to our wonderful Denver DI participants!

 

Welcome to a new DI season. Before we share all the details we know at this point for the upcoming season, we’d like to express our deep appreciation for all the hard work and dedication you bring in support of our kids. DI can’t function without our Team Managers – and you are facilitating an experience for your team members that they’ll remember fondly throughout their lives. You’re also helping them to develop life-long skills like creative problem solving, self-expression, self-advocacy, teamwork, time and budget management, as well as completing the innovation process. They’ll rely upon these skills throughout the rest of their educational experience – preparing them to be more confident, capable, and successful as a result.

Take your time and peruse our new site for all of your DI needs. As always- if you ever have any questions, reach out at any time!

Thank you to all of you! You’re AMAZING!

 

Denver Regional Tournament:

March 14th, 2020: Evie Dennis Campus 4800 Telluride St, Denver, CO 80249

Denver DI Regional Challenge Masters

Technical

Amy Norder Email
Megan O’Brien Email

 

Scientific

Isaiah Thompson Email, 970-507-0800

 

Engineering

Jayme Cogswell Email
Colton Tapler Email

 

Fine Arts

Marta Garbowski Email, 303-204-9213 (TEXT only!)
Shelly Palicki Email

 

Improv

Coria Radcliff Email

Service Learning

Stacey Pendleton Email, 720-423-2062

 

Rising Stars

Jenny Spampinato Email, 720-231-1386
Natalie Spampinato Email, 720-939-2791

 

Instant Challenge

Erin Schroeder Email
Katie Van Horne Email

 

Score Room

Brandon Anderson Email
Jeremy Fitches Email

Team Manager Trainings

DI Colorado provides trainings for both our new and “seasoned” Team Managers.

 

New Team Manager Training: Covers the basics: an overview of the program, what you’ll need to get started, Instant Challenge, team building etc. Our goal is to get you started on the right foot and comfortable with the Destination Imagination program. This training will not discuss any of the long-term challenges.

 

Team Manager Training: These training opportunities are located throughout the Denver Metro Area, Pueblo, Durango and on the Western Slope. This experience offer the richest, most complete training. You get to interact with experienced team managers and volunteers, all of whom are eager to help. The agenda for the Denver Metro trainings will be posted here once its finalized.

 

There is no charge for trainings. It’s included as part of your fees when you purchase your National Membership.

 

Sep
19
Thu
New Team Manager Training @ DI Colorado Office
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
New Team Manager Training @ DI Colorado Office | Denver | Colorado | United States

This small group setting will allow new team managers to learn the DI methodology and process. We will review the DI materials as well as basic team management. Limited to the first 10 to RSVP.

Oct
16
Wed
New Team Manager Training @ DI Office
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
New Team Manager Training @ DI Office | Denver | Colorado | United States

This training is for team managers new to the DI program. We will cover the basics of what it is to be a team manager and how to lead your team through the creative problem solving process. This training will give you the basics on what to do on that first team meeting, how to get your team unstuck without interference, as well as give you team building ideas.

Please RSVP. Seating is limited.

Oct
26
Sat
Spicy South New Team Manager Training @ Pueblo Community College
Oct 26 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thompson School District Team Manager Training @ Thompson Admin Building
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Thompson School District Team Manager Training @ Thompson Admin Building | Loveland | Colorado | United States

10-12 New Team Managers

12:30-2:30 All Interested with challenge and in depth information

Nov
2
Sat
Team Manager Training @ Denver Metro Area - TBD
Nov 2 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Team Manager Training @ Denver Metro Area - TBD

All Destination Imagination trainings are offered to anyone working with a Destination Imagination team. There is no charge to you – it is paid for through your Colorado Affiliate fees. You only need to attend one training but are welcome to come to as many as you’d like.

Nov
6
Wed
Boulder Valley School District Team Manager Training @ Boulder Valley School Ed Center
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
9
Sat
Spicy South Team Manager Training @ Pueblo Community College
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Nov
16
Sat
Southwest Regional Team Manager and Team Workshop @ Escalante Middle School
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Southwest Regional Team Manager and Team Workshop @ Escalante Middle School | Durango | Colorado | United States

This is a Saturday event for all Team Members and Team Managers.   Whether this will be your first real Team Meeting, or your group has been meeting every week since the start of school, this event is a great way to inspire your team for the season!

 

In the morning, Teams will work with our Volunteers on a special, super fun activity designed to get their Creativity flowing, while Team Managers meet separately in small groups to go over all things TM.  The afternoon will be spent together working with Instant Challenge.  There is no charge for this event and lunch will be provided.

 

Thompson IC Training @ Thompson School District
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thompson IC Training @ Thompson School District | Loveland | Colorado | United States

IC Day for Thompson Schools, more details to follow.

Nov
20
Wed
New Team Manager Training @ DI Office
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
New Team Manager Training @ DI Office | Denver | Colorado | United States

This training is for team managers new to the DI program. We will cover the basics of what it is to be a team manager and how to lead your team through the creative problem solving process. This training will give you the basics on what to do on that first team meeting, how to get your team unstuck without interference, as well as give you team building ideas.

Attaching Yourself As Team Manager of Record

By now, your team has most likely read through all of the exciting Challenges of the 2019-20 season. If you’ve chosen your Challenge, you may have even started working on its solution already! Each year, our Challenge Writers work hard to make sure they develop fun and engaging academic Challenges for all of our participants and knowing which Challenge your team is participating in this season helps us identify the most popular Challenges, as well as better gauge the number of teams that are competing worldwide.

 

We need you to take a few minutes to enter your team’s information, including your Team Name, Team Challenge, and Challenge Level, in our Resource Area.

 

If this is your first time accessing the Resource Area, this portal will allow you to download documents, such as practice Instant Challenges, as well as ask Team Clarifications. So please go ahead and dig around while you’re in there!

 

HOW TO ENTER YOUR TEAM’S INFORMATION:

 

      1. If you don’t have a DI account, create one now by going to: https://resources.destinationimagination.org/shop.php/auth/account/create_new_account and entering your information.
      2. Once you have an account, go to the Resource Area here: https://resources.destinationimagination.org/resources.php.
      3. Make sure to view and accept the code of conduct!
      4. Highlight the Teams tab and then select My Teams.
      5. Click on Add Team, and then enter either the Team Number and order number (this information will come from the person who purchased the team number) OR the Team Number and the postal code.
      6. If you have multiple teams, repeat Step 5 to claim all of your teams.
      7. Click on the pencil icon to the left of your Team Number and then add/edit your organization name, team name, and the Challenge/Level your team will be participating in this season. Remember, you can change the Challenge if your team decides to make a switch from their original plan. However, once you’ve competed in your first tournament, you cannot change your Challenge.

 

Important: Because our scoring program is tied to the information you provide, please make sure everything is accurate!

Background Checks

Background Checks

In order to provide the highest level of after school activities for our participants, DI Colorado requires all team managers to have background checks. Please review our detailed Youth Protection Policy here.

 

There are several ways in which Denver Team Managers can complete a background check. Your team cannot compete if the team manager on record has not had a background check.

 

      1. Managers who are teachers or other school employees may submit a scan or photo of their teacher license number and their current district ID to Rob
      2. Denver Public Schools is now using Sterling Volunteers (formally Verified Volunteers) for their background checks and EVERY ADULT volunteering with DPS students MUST complete this check for DPS.
        This is completely free and can be completed from the comfort of your own home! Super easy and quick!

        You will also need to select Destination Imagination Colorado to share your results with the affiliate office.

      3. Managers affiliated with non-DPS schools, but in the Denver Region, should check with their school office and follow those volunteer procedures. We do not need a copy of the report, but rather an official notification on letterhead from the school signed by an administrator that a background check has been passed and is on file.
      4. If none of these options are suitable, you may use Verified Volunteers through our State Office– (Click Here)
        Our “Good Deed Code” is veq92lv. There is a non-refundable fee of approximately $25.

 

All of the methods outlined above are confidential, and your personal information does not reside with DI Colorado. We will only have an indication if you have been cleared or not cleared.

If a team manager is not cleared to work with students that volunteer has the right to have his/her case reviewed by the agency providing the background check.

Your Regional Director will be notified that your team cannot compete in the regional competition unless a new team manager is provided and has cleared a background check.

 

Denver Newsletters

Costs

We are considering some exciting new changes to support the Denver tournament this year. We will be looking for places willing to donate items such as breakfast and lunch for our volunteers on tournament day, items for us to have a store and concessions at our tournament, and other ways for us to continue to be sustainable. That being said, we will also have a very small fee for our tournament this year. We will have a $50 fee (per team) upon tournament registration.  As ALWAYS, if there is ever a team that is struggling with this cost – please let us know and we will work through a solution together.

Resources Quick Links
Who's Who
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Minda McGurk, Regional Director

denverdico@gmail.com

Minda McGurk
Regional Director

DI's Mission

 

To develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st-century skills and creativity.

 

The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.