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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 2021-2022 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 week of the month it will be a general newsletter – trainings dates, important deadlines, where to find information, t-shirt/pin orders, etc. During the third week, 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.

 

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 destinationimagination.org.

 

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 Regional team!

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. We can do these virtually.

 

Expect the presentation time to last approximately one hour, plus time for questions. Our goal is to make sure you have all the information to start teams is this unique program year.

 

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

Team Manager Training Videos

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

All of our 21-22 have yet to be scheduled, please stay tuned.

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.

South Metro Challenge Masters

Technical

Scientific

Danell Estrada

Fine Arts

Improv

Engineering

Service Learning

Yvonne Guenther-Kellar

Rising Stars

Instant Challenge

Score Room

 

 

Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group

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Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 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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Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Jan 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
  • Tonight’s Topics: Solution Troubleshooting, Instant Challenge Tips
  • 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!

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

If you love computers and would be interested taking over this extremely important position please contact Kayla

 

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 Kayla to receive more information: Kayla

Attaching Yourself As Team Manager of Record

Our exciting Challenges of the 2021-22 season are about to be released. On September 1st all of this years challenges will be available to be solved in person. 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

In order to provide the highest level of after school activities for our participants, Destination Imagination requires Team Managers to have a background check. Destination Imagination will be administering background checks through the Destination Imagination store.

Check out Destination Imagination’s Youth Protection Policy here.

 

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.

 

New for 2021-2022. Background checks are being administered and processed through DIHQ.

    1. You can purchase a background check at Background Checks. 
    2. You can either purchase a background check with your team number or you can purchase a team number independently.
    3. You will not be able to access team challenges and other resources until you have cleared your background check.
    4. You can purchase a LEVEL 3 background check from Sterling Volunteers for DICO or from work with a different non-profit, church, or school, you may share it with Destination Imagination. NOT Destination Imagination Colorado. Again, Destination Imagination. Sterling Volunteer DICO Background Check use Good Deed Code: veq92lv. If you are a Jeffco team manager, please contact Tina or Megan. 
    5. If you have a LEVEL 2 or 1 background check from Sterling Volunteers due to volunteer work with a different non-profit, church, or school, you may pay to upgrade to LEVEL 3 and then share with Destination Imagination.
    6. Your school district can opt to do a Group Waiver and submit to DIHQ

South Metro Newsletters

March 4, 2020 – Tournament Information Part 2

March 2, 2020 – Tournament Information Part 1

February 14, 2020 – Meeting Change and Tournament Program

January 3, 2020 – Register Your Team Today!

December 19 – Registration is Open

December 4, 2020 – Regional Updates

October, 2019 – We Have A Tournament Site!

September, 2019 – Team Work Makes The Dream Work!

September, 2019 – Welcome Back

March 4, 2019 Newsletter

February 18,  2019 Newsletter

Costs

Information about the DI Colorado State Tournament and Global finals will be added here.

Resources Quick Links
Who's Who
Kayla Headshot 2018

Kayla Steffens

steffens.kayla@gmail.com

Kayla Steffens, South Metro Regional Director

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Debi Tipton

debitipton@comcast.net

Debi Tipton, South Metro Regional Director

South Metro Calendar
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Regional Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
Regional Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Regional Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices | Denver | Colorado | United States
These meetings are for Regional Directors Only.
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DI Information Night 6:30 pm
DI Information Night @ Zoom Call
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
DI Information Night @ Zoom Call
Join us to learn about Destination Imagination. We will be talking about the benefits of DI, Social Emotional Learning aspects of our educational experience, and how to start a team in your school or neighborhood.   Please pre-register here and you will receive a confirmation...
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DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices
Oct 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. Call before attending. Many meetings are held virtually.
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Team Manager Training 9:00 am
Team Manager Training @ Zoom Link
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Team Manager Training @ Zoom Link
This team manager training is designed for new and experienced team managers. We start by introducing DI, how to form and manage a DI team. Then we will have Instant Challenge how to’s, finishing up with a deep drive into your challenge. All content will...
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Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group 7:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
Tonight’s Topics: Instant Challenge Tips and Tricks 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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DI Information Night 6:30 pm
DI Information Night @ Zoom Call
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
DI Information Night @ Zoom Call
Join us to learn about Destination Imagination. We will be talking about the benefits of DI, Social Emotional Learning aspects of our educational experience, and how to start a team in your school or neighborhood.   Please pre-register here and you will receive a confirmation...
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DI After Dark – Middle School Teams 7:00 pm
DI After Dark – Middle School Teams @ Dunstan Middle School
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
DI After Dark - Middle School Teams @ Dunstan Middle School | Littleton | Colorado | United States
Attention Middle School Teams! Welcome to a whole new DI experience. Come experience DI in a whole new way! You and your team will be given a 4-part challenge to solve in one 4 hour period. Compete with your DI team, or just come on...
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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.