Denver Regional Tournament Has Been Canceled

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the tournament this year. Please read for more information. See you next year!



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.

Denver 2020 Pins and T-Shirts

Denver Regional Pins $3.00

Denver Region Tournament


Saturday, March 14th


Evie Dennis Campus

4800 Telluride St., Denver, CO 80249

Denver Regional T-Shirts $15.00

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

Register Your Team Today!

Register for the Denver Regional Tournament today!



Date: March 14, 2020

Location: Evie Dennis Campus,

4800 Telluride St. Denver 80249

Denver DI Regional Challenge Masters


Amy Norder Email
Megan O’Brien Email



Isaiah Thompson Email, 970-507-0800



Jayme Cogswell Email
Colton Tapler Email


Fine Arts

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



Coria Radcliff Email

Caroline Kuharski 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: Team Manager Training Agenda 110219


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


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!




      1. If you don’t have a DI account, create one now by going to: and entering your information.
      2. Once you have an account, go to the Resource Area here:
      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 for their background checks and EVERY ADULT volunteering with DPS students MUST complete this check for DPS.  To  get started, Click Here, and follow the link to “Start Volunteering.”
        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


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.

Denver Events

You’re invited to the first ever Metro-Area Destination Imagination (DI) Kickoff Event!

Join metro-area Regional Directors, Challenge Masters, DI team members, and team managers to gain more insight into the DI experience and enjoy a night of fun!

Friday, October 4th 6-8pm Northfield High School Cafetorium 5500 Central Park Blvd, Denver, CO 80238

FREE pizza and bottled water provided! Teams that register for a team on site will receive a 50% discount on their tournament registration fees!

Contact Minda McGurk at for any questions.


DI Metro Kickoff

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

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.