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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

2021 Showcase and Tournament Events


There are 3 separate events that ALL teams may participate in.  Regardless if your team chooses to participate in 1, 2 or 3 events, the cost is $125 for competitive teams, $75 for Early Learning. This is the TOTAL price, NOT the price per event. We hope you take advantage of all our events. Getting feedback is an important part to learning.


All DICO teams that have purchased a team number and completed a DIHQ approved background check will be able to participate in ALL the following activities:


February IC Practice Day

DICO teams opting to participate in this IC release will be able to submit their IC video for score and feedback by DICO appraisers.Think of this as your IC practice day! Teams will get scores, and an opportunity to see first hand what a virtual IC looks like.


  • Register and pay by: February 4, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
  • Instant Challenge Release:  February 5 at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time with a deadline for submission on February 8 at 11:59 p.m. your local tournament time.
  • Feedback will be sent to your team via email prior to February 28, 2021.


Showcase Event

All teams will be able to participate in the following events getting feedback, scores and rankings. This is similar to a traditional Regional Tournament but will take place virtually. All teams will move on to the state tournament, including Rising Stars Teams. Teams wont “place” during this event. This is to give your team feedback before moving to the state tournament.


  • Register and pay by: February 8, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. (Unless you already paid at the IC Day time, DO NOT pay twice.)
  • Improv Unknowns Release: February 12 at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time with a deadline for submission February 15 at 11:59 p.m. your local tournament time 
  • Central Challenge Submission: March 4 by 11:59 p.m.
  •  Instant Challenge Release:  March 5 at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time with deadline for submission of March 8 at 11:59 p.m. your local tournament time
  • Results and emailed feedback: March 13, 2021. All challenges will be appraised and scores returned to Team Managers. Team Managers or team manager designee must be available on March 13 to receive scores and sticky notes electronically. All teams will proceed to the State Tournament.


State/Affiliate Tournament

All teams will be able to participate in the following events getting feedback, scores and rankings. This is similar to a traditional State Tournament but will take place virtually.


  • Register and pay by: March 18, 2021, 11:59 p.m.  (Unless you have already paid).
  • Order and pay for T-shirts: March 18, 2021 11:59 p.m. (Optional)
  • Instant Challenge Release:  March 19 at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time with a deadline for submission of March 22 at 11:59 p.m. your local tournament time.
  • Improv Unknowns Release: March 25 at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time with deadline for submission of March 28 at 11:59 p.m. your local tournament time 
  • Central Challenge Submission: March 27 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Results and emailed feedback on April 3. All challenges will be appraised and scores returned to Team Managers. Team Managers or team manager designee must be available on April 3 to receive scores and sticky notes electronically. 
  • Award Ceremony April 3. A Facebook Live award ceremony will take place and every team will receive a state party pack. DICO teams in first, second, third and fourth place in each level and each challenge (except Rising Stars) will be invited to compete at Global Finals.

All of these activities are available to all teams. The cost will be $125 per team, $75 per Rising Stars team. This is a discounted price for 2020-2021 tournament year.


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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 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 20-21 Team Manager Trainings have been completed. To see recorded training videos, please contact Kate

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.


General Training:

  • Engaging your kids on Zoom
  • Basic Video Editing
  • New Team Manager Training


Challenge Specific:

  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Service Learning
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Improv
  • Early Learning
  • Instant Challenge


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


South Metro Challenge Masters

Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group

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

Our exciting Challenges of the 2020-21 season are about to be released. On November 1st and December 1st all of this years challenges will be available to be solved in person (small groups only) or virtually. 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: 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, 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 2020-2021. 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. If you have a LEVEL 3 background check from Sterling Volunteers due to volunteer work with a different non-profit, church, or school, you may share it with Destination Imagination. NOT Destination Imagination Colorado. Again, Destination Imagination.
    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.

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


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

Resources Quick Links
Who's Who
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Kayla Steffens


Kayla Steffens, South Metro Regional Director

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Debi Tipton


Debi Tipton, South Metro 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.