Southwest

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

 

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 Southwest

Greetings to our amazing Southwest DI participants!  And welcome to a new DI 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 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.

 

So – simply stated, thank you. You ROCK!

 

Southwest Regional Tournament:

Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ Escalate Middle School, Durango

Note about Spring Break: We understand that this date marks the first day of spring break for several of our districts and do not want this to pose any barrier to participation in the DI experience.  Attending our regional tournament is but one way to celebrate the accomplishments of a Team, and we will work with Teams to accommodate alternative showcase events while still providing opportunity for those Teams to advance in competition.

Team Manager Trainings

DI Colorado provides on-line and in-person training for both our new and “seasoned” Team Managers. Our goal is to get you started on the right foot and comfortable with the Destination Imagination program. In addition to the formal training opportunities presented, Team Managers are encouraged to reach out at any time to the Regional Director or to their Challenge Master for help. We can also connect New Team Managers to a mentor for advice and guidance throughout the season.

 

In-person Team Manager Training for the Southwest Region is being held on November 16th in Durango.  This is a Saturday event for all Team Members and Team Managers. In the morning, Teams will work with our Volunteers on a special, super fun activity designed to get their Creativity flowing, while Team Managers meet separately in small groups to go over all things TM.  The afternoon will be spent together working with Instant Challenge.

 

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, Rules of the Road Overview, Understanding Interference, and much more!

 

Managers from the Southwest may also participate for free in any of the other training opportunities scheduled throughout Colorado. DI Colorado will broadcast several of these sessions online as webinars. Most of the in-person events are being held on the front range, but for those traveling already or looking for a reason for a road trip, please feel free!!

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New Team Manager Training @ DI Colorado Office
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
New Team Manager Training @ DI Colorado Office | Denver | Colorado | United States

This small group setting will allow new team managers to learn the DI methodology and process. We will review the DI materials as well as basic team management. Limited to the first 10 to RSVP.

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New Team Manager Training @ DI Office
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
New Team Manager Training @ DI Office | Denver | Colorado | United States

This training is for team managers new to the DI program. We will cover the basics of what it is to be a team manager and how to lead your team through the creative problem solving process. This training will give you the basics on what to do on that first team meeting, how to get your team unstuck without interference, as well as give you team building ideas.

Please RSVP. Seating is limited.

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Spicy South New Team Manager Training @ Pueblo Community College
Oct 26 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thompson School District Team Manager Training @ Thompson Admin Building
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Thompson School District Team Manager Training @ Thompson Admin Building | Loveland | Colorado | United States

10-12 New Team Managers

12:30-2:30 All Interested with challenge and in depth information

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Team Manager Training @ Denver Metro Area - TBD
Nov 2 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Team Manager Training @ Denver Metro Area - TBD

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.

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Boulder Valley School District Team Manager Training @ Boulder Valley School Ed Center
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Spicy South Team Manager Training @ Pueblo Community College
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Southwest Regional Team Manager and Team Workshop @ Escalante Middle School
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Southwest Regional Team Manager and Team Workshop @ Escalante Middle School | Durango | Colorado | United States

This is a Saturday event for all Team Members and Team Managers.   Whether this will be your first real Team Meeting, or your group has been meeting every week since the start of school, this event is a great way to inspire your team for the season!

 

In the morning, Teams will work with our Volunteers on a special, super fun activity designed to get their Creativity flowing, while Team Managers meet separately in small groups to go over all things TM.  The afternoon will be spent together working with Instant Challenge.  There is no charge for this event and lunch will be provided.

 

Thompson IC Training @ Thompson School District
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thompson IC Training @ Thompson School District | Loveland | Colorado | United States

IC Day for Thompson Schools, more details to follow.

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New Team Manager Training @ DI Office
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
New Team Manager Training @ DI Office | Denver | Colorado | United States

This training is for team managers new to the DI program. We will cover the basics of what it is to be a team manager and how to lead your team through the creative problem solving process. This training will give you the basics on what to do on that first team meeting, how to get your team unstuck without interference, as well as give you team building ideas.

Volunteer Positions - We Need YOU!

TBD

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.

 

There are several ways in which Southwest Team Managers can complete 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. Other Managers at Southwest Region schools should check with their school office and follow their 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.
      3. 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.

Southwest Newsletters

Links to email newsletters…

Costs

Team Membership

Type of Membership Price
Competitive Challenge Materials $105 National Registration + $45 Affiliate Fee =$150
Rising Star Challenge Materials $105 National Registration + $30 Affiliate Fee =$135

 

Regional Tournament Registration

$60 per Competitive Team

$20 per Rising Stars Team

 

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 used to be $250 per team.

Who's Who

TECHNICAL – THE BIG FIX

SCIENTIFIC – FIRST ENCOUNTER

Cara-Lyn Lappen

FINE ARTS – PICTURE THIS

IMPROV – TO THE RESCUE

ENGINEERING – IN THE CARDS

SERVICE LEARNING – IT’S ABOUT TIME

RISING STARS – BLAST OFF

INSTANT CHALLENGE

SCORE ROOM

SW Web

Sheila Weahkee

sweahkee@sjboces.org

Sheila Weahkee, Regional Director

Resources Quick Links
Southwest Calendar
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DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices
Sep 11 @ 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.
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Southwest Information Meeting 6:30 pm
Southwest Information Meeting @ Mercy Regional Medical Center
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Southwest Information Meeting @ Mercy Regional Medical Center | Durango | Colorado | United States
If you have heard of DI and are wondering whether it is for you, come find out more at one of our Information Nights scheduled in Durango and Cortez.   Students, parents, educators and community members are invited to find out more about Destination Imagination: What...
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Southwest Information Meeting 1:00 pm
Southwest Information Meeting @ San Juan BOCES Cortez Office
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Southwest Information Meeting @ San Juan BOCES Cortez Office | Cortez | Colorado | United States
If you have heard of DI and are wondering whether it is for you, come find out more at one of our Informational Meetings scheduled in Durango and Cortez.   Students, parents, educators and community members are invited to find out more about Destination Imagination: What...
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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.