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.

South Metro

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


Our region supports all the districts south of the Denver Metro Area including Littleton Public Schools, Douglas County Schools, Englewood Public Schools, and Park County Schools. We also include teams from the northern Colorado Springs area including: Monument, Calhan, Yoder-Miami, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park and Divide, Colorado, as well as independent and home-school teams within the area.

South Metro Info

Welcome To South Metro

Greetings to our amazing South Metro DI participants!



And – welcome to the 2019-2020 Destination Imagination 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 dedication our Team Managers and Appraisers bring in support of our kids. DI can’t function without you – you are facilitating an experience for  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.


So – simply stated, thank you. You ROCK!


Now – on to the great stuff we have in store to support YOU this year! Please look through our all-new website. (we are so excited about this!) We plan to keep you up to date on all trainings, Wine and Wisdom Team Manager nights, Instant Challenge Day, etc. through the website and also through our South Metro newsletter. This year’s newsletters will be a little different. On the first Monday of the month it will be a general newsletter – trainings dates, important deadlines, where to find information, t-shirt/pin orders, etc. On the third Monday, the newsletter will be information-specific – team building activities, instant challenge strategies, and more – to support you throughout the DI year. Miss a newsletter? No problem! We’ll have a link posted below in the newsletter section of the web site.



South Metro Regional Tournament:

March 2020 (still waiting for school confirmation)

Douglas County School District


Team Managers – Once you’ve purchased your National DI Membership, attaching yourself as the manager of record for your team ensures you can access all of the program and challenge materials available to you. It also allows us to communicate important information to you directly. If you are co-managing with anyone else, all managers can, and should, sign up. You can do this at


One of our all-time favorite quotes is this, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.…” Harry Truman said this more than 60 years ago, and it still rings true today – especially for Team Managers. We, as adults, can’t actually “do” anything for our team – except to encourage them and support them throughout their DI experience. It’s up to them, yes, but they depend upon you – our Team Managers – to be their rocks, their support system and their inspiration.


You inspire us – THANK YOU for all you do!


From your South Metro team:


  • Connie Ackerman
  • Kayla Steffens
  • Justin Wilson
  • Trystan Binkley-Jones
  • Kristen Grace
  • Bri Klein
  • Jeannie and Pete Zaemes
  • Barb Peister
  • Sheldon Spiegelman
  • Lynn Soluka
  • Ron Dutton
  • Margaret Tezak
  • Jason Sunahara
  • Tony Estrada
  • Josh Holbrook
  • Susan Stirrup
  • Dacia Donohue
  • Debi and Bob Tipton
  • Dwight Rudolph

Request An Information Night

Members of our South Metro recruitment team would love to do a Destination Imagination Information Night for your school or  parent group.


Expect the presentation time to last approximately one hour, plus time for questions. We will provide a speaker, materials for instant challenges so parents can get a feel for what the kids will be doing, DI information handouts. Our goal is to make sure your parents go home feeling like they understand what DI is all about. All we need from you is to get the word out to families of potentially interested kids.


To arrange for your DI Information Night contact Kayla: Kayla Steffens

Volunteer Positions - We Need YOU!

We would love to have you join the South Metro Tournament Team!

Please Note: Both of these position will fill the requirement for team appraiser recruitment. 


Score Room Co-Challenge Master

Our devoted Score Room Challenge Master would like to retire after 20 years of doing the job. But before he goes, he’d love to spend the year training an interested person to replace him. If you love computers and would be interested taking over this extremely important position please contact Dwight.


Volunteer Coordinator:

Appraiser Support: Make sure all appraiser have shirts, are assigned positions with in the tournament, have checked in on tournament day, confirm who wants to appraiser at the state tournament, thank you notes to appraisers.

Instant Challenge Day: Confirm appraisers beforehand, make sure they have Instant Challenge Day appraisal information.


Hospitality Coordinator:

Instant Challenge Day: Coffee, donuts, fruit and water for appraisers.

Tournament: Coordinate food truck for participants at tournament, appraiser breakfast foods/coffee, arrange cater for appraiser meal lunch, make sure appraisers have their thank you gifts, general clean-up.

Team Manager Support: Coordinate and distribute Team Manager thank you gifts.


Tournament Day Appraiser/Volunteer

It takes about 130 appraisers and support volunteers to adequately run the South Metro Tournament. Appraisers can do anything from a scoring appraiser, announcer to entering scores into the computer.  Volunteers are needed to help run the store, run scores from the site to the score room to making sure our appraisers are well fed.


Please contact Connie Ackerman to receive more information: Connie Ackerman

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. Our procedure is based on current best practice of our industry. Background checks need to be completed to be eligible to compete at Regional and State Tournaments.


There are four ways in which Team Managers can complete a background check.


      1. Team Managers who are teachers must submit to DI Colorado their teacher license number and their current district ID annually. Contact Rob:
      2. Managers who are not school employees in Douglas County Schools and Littleton Public Schools may check in at their school and get a Raptor Badge printed and submit a scan or photo. Contact Rob to submit your scan:
      3. Managers who are not school employees in other districts within the South Metro Region should check with their school office and follow their volunteer procedures. We do not need a copy of their report, just an official acknowledgment from the school that a background check has been passed and is on file.
      4. Team Managers may also go through Verified Volunteers. The Team Manager will pay for the $22 cost of this background check. This service will report to DI Colorado if you are cleared to work with children. This background check will need to be renewed annually.


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 cleared a background check.


Team Managers may not have any of the following convictions:


      1. Felony Child Abuse
      2. Violent Crimes
      3. Any felony offences involving unlawful sexual offences
      4. Any felony offences involving domestic violence


As a volunteer your privacy rights include:


      1. Notice and consent prior to the background check
      2. Notice of negative information before an adverse action is taken
      3. A right to receive a copy of the report
      4. A right to appeal an adverse decision
      5. Proper disposal of information included in a report.



Thank you for all your support of DI Colorado.


Kate Donelan
Executive Director

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Who's Who

Connie Ackerman


Connie Ackerman, South Metro Regional Director

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Kayla Steffens


Kayla Steffens, South Metro Regional Director

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Debi Tipton


Debi Tipton, South Metro Regional Director

South Metro Calendar
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2019-2020 DI Challenges Released
2019-2020 DI Challenges Released
Aug 1 all-day
2019-2020 DI Challenges Released
Be the first to get your challenge here: ShopDI Download our First Look Document to learn more about each of our competitive Team Challenges.
Regional Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
Regional Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices
Aug 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Regional Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices | Denver | Colorado | United States
San Juan Basin Regional Science Fair
San Juan Basin Regional Science Fair @ La Plata County Fair
Aug 7 – Aug 11 all-day
San Juan Basin Regional Science Fair @ La Plata County Fair | Durango | Colorado | United States
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DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices
Aug 14 @ 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.
Kick-Off Event for 2019-2020 Season (Invitation Event) 9:00 am
Kick-Off Event for 2019-2020 Season (Invitation Event) @ Englewood High School
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kick-Off Event for 2019-2020 Season (Invitation Event) @ Englewood High School | Englewood | Colorado | United States
This is an “invitation event” — we will be gathering members of DI’s volunteer community to learn from last year, to set our priorities for this coming year, and to generally have a great time with each other!
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.