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We’re excited to unveil these sneak peeks for the upcoming Team Challenges. Due to Covid-19, this season’s Challenges are being rewritten so that teams can solve them virtually. Check back later to view the full preview, including the Points of Interest and First Look PDF.

 

Please note that due to the challenges of Covid-19, our 2020-21 season will begin later than normal. The Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning Challenges will be released on November 1, 2020. The Engineering and Improvisational Challenges will be released on December 1, 2020. Colorado Regional Tournaments will begin in March 2021, and the Colorado State Destination Imagination Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 3rd 2021. More information coming on how these tournament will be held due to COVID 19.

 

Start forming your teams today so you are ready!     Purchase Your Membership Here!

Southwest

Our region supports all the districts in the southwest corner of Colorado including Durango, Pagosa Springs, Ignacio, Dolores, Cortez, Mancos, Telluride and Bayfield, as well as independent and home-school teams within the area.

 

Welcome to the Southwest Region for DI Colorado! 
We are ready to do DI, with materials and activities available for Teams and Team Managers to start meeting and creating right now, while the 2020-21 Team Challenges are being finalized.

Welcome To Southwest

Greetings to our amazing Southwest DI participants!  And welcome to a new and different DI season. We’d like to express our deep appreciation for all the hard work and dedication you bring in support of our kids, especially during this challenging time.

 

DI can’t function without our Team Managers and Tournament Volunteers – and you are facilitating an experience for our 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.

Thank you! You ROCK!

 

2020-21 Southwest Regional Events and Tournament will be held VIRTUALLY.  

Register for Tournament Today!

Registration for the 2021 Southwest Tournament will open in December, 2020

 

Tournament Date: Early March, 2021 – most likely contained within March 1-13, with activities centered around Saturday, March 6th.

 

Location: ONLINE!! Platform TBD

Team Manager Trainings

DI Colorado is hosting regular Team Manager training nights every other Thursday through the fall.  Additional training days and times can be requested, including Saturdays or during the workweek to support individual schools or districts with site specific training  Please contact Sheila for more information or to set up a time!

 

Online, self directed training modules for Team Managers are available from DI headquarters here.  Team managers are sent a link to enroll when they first associate with a team and may also email Kris at kbeisel@dihq.org at any time to create or access an account.  Topics include Roles of a Team Manager, Understanding Interference, and much more!

Volunteer Positions - We Need YOU!

Appraisers and Volunteers are needed to help organize and appraise Team submissions to our virtual Regional Tournament in March, 2021.

 

We are also looking for volunteer Challenge Masters to help lead Teams throughout the season with the Engineering, Service Learning, Improvisational and Early Learning Challenges.

Attaching Yourself As Team Manager of Record

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.

 

We need you to take a few minutes to first confirm your contact information then eventually 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 to edit your organization name, add another Team Manager, and eventually enter your 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.
      8. Please Note: you DO NOT need to enter information about your team members on this DI Resource area; team member information will instead need to be entered later as part of the regional tournament registration process.

 

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.

 

Team Managers must “purchase” a background check through the DI Resources Store in order to access DI Program Materials.. Team Managers with a current Level III background check through Sterling Volunteers may share that result with DI rather than purchase a separate background check.

Costs

DI Team Membership

Challenge Materials = $110 National Registration + $40 Background Check + $45 Colorado Affiliate Fee =$195 per Team

 

Regional Tournament Registration – fees TBD ($0-$50/Team)

Regional Tournament Registration Fee will be no more than $50/Team. We are hoping to secure funding sufficient to waive all regional tournament registration fees, but need a bit more time to make this happen.

 

 

Practice and Challenge Materials/Supplies

DI emphasizes using inexpensive materials and recycled “trash” items at no cost to the team, but estimates the average value of materials to be $250 per team in a normal year, perhaps much less in this year of virtual and socially distant solutions…

Who's Who

TECHNICAL

Barb Wynne

SCIENTIFIC

Cara-Lyn Lappen

FINE ARTS

Erica Max

IMPROV

TBD

ENGINEERING

TBD

SERVICE LEARNING

TBD

EARLY LEARNING

TBD

INSTANT CHALLENGE

Elliot Brechner

SCORE ROOM

Dianne Howe

SW Web

Sheila Weahkee

sweahkee@sjboces.org

Sheila Weahkee, Regional Director

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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.