HOT NEWS:

Denver and North Metro DI Season Kick Off.  Friday, October 4th, 6-8pm, Northfield High School.

For more information: DI Metro Kickoff

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: 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.

 

Dec
4
Wed
Scientific Challenge Webinar
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Join our Affiliate Challenge Masters to learn about this year’s Scientific Challenge.

Registration is required for this event. Click Here to RSVP.

Dec
7
Sat
Team Manager Training @ Hamilton Middle School
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Team Manager Training @ Hamilton Middle School | Denver | Colorado | United States

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.

 

Team Manager Training Agenda 110219

Jan
11
Sat
Spicy South IC Day @ Pueblo Community College
Jan 11 all-day
16th Annual Spicy South Instant Challenge Workshop @ PCC Fortino Ballroom
Jan 11 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
16th Annual Spicy South Instant Challenge Workshop @ PCC Fortino Ballroom | Pueblo | Colorado | United States

Space is limited to 40 slots. Sign up now!!!!!!!!!!!
COST IS ONLY $25.00 PER TEAM
This workshop will provide an opportunity for your team to take a trial run at INSTANT
CHALLENGES. Also, we will present the many uses of several materials that are commonly
provided, sharing ideas on how to navigate an Instant Challenge quickly, and how to
prepare a story presentation challenge from beginning, middle and end. There will be two
2- hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Up to 20 teams in each
session, inviting a total of 40 teams taking advantage of this workshop. TWO TEAM
MANAGERS ONLY may accompany their team, and you will be asked to assist us with all
student’s attention and their respect of time for all their fellow DI’ers. This opportunity is
not offered for the Rising Stars Teams.
Return only the bottom of this registration form below, along with your
$25.00 fee.
Registration Forms MUST BE RECEIVED on or before FRIDAY
DECEMBER 20, 2019. SLOTS ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME BASIS.

16TH ANNUAL INSTANT CHALLENGE WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM

 

 

Regional Challenge Master Training and Boot Camp @ Denver Metro Area = TBD
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jan
18
Sat
IC Day for Teams-NoCo Region @ Meadowlark K-8
Jan 18 @ 11:15 am – 1:15 pm
IC Day for Teams-NoCo Region @ Meadowlark K-8 | Erie | Colorado | United States

Registration coming soon

Jan
21
Tue
Appraiser Training Webinar-Fine Arts
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Appraisers are required to attend a training online or in person prior to their tournament.
Registration is required for this event. Click Here to RSVP.

Jan
22
Wed
Appraiser Training Webinar-Instant Challenge
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Appraisers are required to attend a training online or in person prior to their tournament.

Registration is required for this event. Click Here to RSVP.

Jan
25
Sat
Instant Challenge Day-Western Slope @ Grand Mesa Middle School
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
IC Day for Teams-Thompson School District @ Thompson School District Admin Building
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:15 pm
IC Day for Teams-Thompson School District @ Thompson School District Admin Building | Loveland | Colorado | United States

Information to follow

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 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

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.

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 denverdico@gmail.com for any questions.

 

DI Metro Kickoff

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Minda McGurk, Regional Director

denverdico@gmail.com

Minda McGurk
Regional Director

Denver Calendar
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**Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support (please read the notes) 7:00 pm
**Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support (please read the notes)
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
**Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support (please read the notes)
We are hosting an additional location and night for the popular Wine & Wisdom for any team managers who find this time and location works for them. Wine & Wisdom nights are an opportunity to get together with other Team Managers and discuss specific topics....
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Team Manager Training 8:00 am
Team Manager Training @ Ben Franklin Academy
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Team Manager Training @ Ben Franklin Academy | Highlands Ranch | Colorado | United States
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...
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Regional Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
Regional Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Regional Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices | Denver | Colorado | United States
 
6
Fine Arts Challenge Webinar 7:00 pm
Fine Arts Challenge Webinar
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fine Arts Challenge Webinar
Registration is required.  Click Here to RSVP.  
7
New Team Manager Webinar 7:00 pm
New Team Manager Webinar
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New Team Manager Webinar
Please register here
8
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group 7:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
Tonight’s Topics: Bring your questions – interference, planning, what happens when an idea fails? RSVP to Dacia Donohue at donohuesdodi@gmail.com Bring a drink and light snack to share. If you have a specific topic you want to cover, email Dacia, she’ll work it in!
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Service Learning Webinar 6:30 pm
Service Learning Webinar
Nov 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Service Learning Webinar
  Registration is required for this event. Click here to RSVP.
13
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices
Nov 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices | Denver | Colorado | United States
All board meetings are open to the public.
14
Technical Challenge Webinar 7:00 pm
Technical Challenge Webinar
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Technical Challenge Webinar
Registration for this event is required. Click Here to RSVP.  
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Improv Training Webinar 7:00 pm
Improv Training Webinar
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Improv Training Webinar
Attend a Webinar with the Improv Affiliate Challenge masters to learn more about this challenge.   Registration is required for this event.  Click here to RSVP.
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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.