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 - ** IMPORTANT CHANGES TO NOVEMBER TRAINING**

** CHANGES TO TRAINING & WORKSHOP SCHEDULE **

The Team Member (student) portion of our November workshop has been RESCHEDULED to 1/25/20 – the November 16th event will be for adults only and the location of this November 16th event has moved to the BOCES office in Durango.

 

In-person Team Manager Training for the Southwest Region is being held on November 16th in Durango at the San Juan BOCES office. This event is for Team Managers plus any Interested Parents and Educators. Rising Stars Team Managers will meet in the morning (10:30), and the rest of our competitive Team Managers will meet in the afternoon (1:00 PM), with lunch offered to all attendees during the time between (12:30-1:00PM).

 

Please click here to register for the 11/16 Team Manager Training.

 

Information about the January workshop for Teams and Team Managers will be available soon.

 

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.

 

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!! Here’s the agenda for the Denver Metro area trainings: Team Manager Training Agenda 110219

Dec
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Scientific Challenge Webinar
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Join our Affiliate Challenge Masters to learn about this year’s Scientific Challenge.

Registration is required for this event. Click Here to RSVP.

Dec
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Team Manager Training @ Hamilton Middle School
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Team Manager Training @ Hamilton Middle School | Denver | Colorado | United States

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.

 

Team Manager Training Agenda 110219

Jan
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Spicy South IC Day @ Pueblo Community College
Jan 11 all-day
16th Annual Spicy South Instant Challenge Workshop @ PCC Fortino Ballroom
Jan 11 @ 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
16th Annual Spicy South Instant Challenge Workshop @ PCC Fortino Ballroom | Pueblo | Colorado | United States

Space is limited to 40 slots. Sign up now!!!!!!!!!!!
COST IS ONLY $25.00 PER TEAM
This workshop will provide an opportunity for your team to take a trial run at INSTANT
CHALLENGES. Also, we will present the many uses of several materials that are commonly
provided, sharing ideas on how to navigate an Instant Challenge quickly, and how to
prepare a story presentation challenge from beginning, middle and end. There will be two
2- hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Up to 20 teams in each
session, inviting a total of 40 teams taking advantage of this workshop. TWO TEAM
MANAGERS ONLY may accompany their team, and you will be asked to assist us with all
student’s attention and their respect of time for all their fellow DI’ers. This opportunity is
not offered for the Rising Stars Teams.
Return only the bottom of this registration form below, along with your
$25.00 fee.
Registration Forms MUST BE RECEIVED on or before FRIDAY
DECEMBER 20, 2019. SLOTS ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME BASIS.

16TH ANNUAL INSTANT CHALLENGE WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM

 

 

Regional Challenge Master Training and Boot Camp @ Denver Metro Area = TBD
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jan
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Sat
IC Day for Teams-NoCo Region @ Meadowlark K-8
Jan 18 @ 11:15 am – 1:15 pm
IC Day for Teams-NoCo Region @ Meadowlark K-8 | Erie | Colorado | United States

Registration coming soon

Jan
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Tue
Appraiser Training Webinar-Fine Arts
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Appraisers are required to attend a training online or in person prior to their tournament.
Registration is required for this event. Click Here to RSVP.

Jan
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Appraiser Training Webinar-Instant Challenge
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Appraisers are required to attend a training online or in person prior to their tournament.

Registration is required for this event. Click Here to RSVP.

Jan
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Sat
Instant Challenge Day-Western Slope @ Grand Mesa Middle School
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
IC Day for Teams-Thompson School District @ Thompson School District Admin Building
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:15 pm
IC Day for Teams-Thompson School District @ Thompson School District Admin Building | Loveland | Colorado | United States

Information to follow

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 Sterling 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

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

Bill Hickam

SCIENTIFIC – FIRST ENCOUNTER

Cara-Lyn Lappen

FINE ARTS – PICTURE THIS

Erica Max

IMPROV – TO THE RESCUE

TBD

ENGINEERING – IN THE CARDS

Licia Lamb

SERVICE LEARNING – IT’S ABOUT TIME

Barb Wynne

RISING STARS – BLAST OFF

TBD

INSTANT CHALLENGE

Elliot Brechner

SCORE ROOM

Dianne Howe

 

SW Web

Sheila Weahkee

sweahkee@sjboces.org

Sheila Weahkee, Regional Director

Resources Quick Links
Southwest Calendar
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Fine Arts Challenge Webinar 7:00 pm
Fine Arts Challenge Webinar
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fine Arts Challenge Webinar
Registration is required.  Click Here to RSVP.  
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New Team Manager Webinar 7:00 pm
New Team Manager Webinar
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New Team Manager Webinar
Please register here
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Service Learning Webinar 6:30 pm
Service Learning Webinar
Nov 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Service Learning Webinar
  Registration is required for this event. Click here to RSVP.
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DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices
Nov 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.
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Technical Challenge Webinar 7:00 pm
Technical Challenge Webinar
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Technical Challenge Webinar
Registration for this event is required. Click Here to RSVP.  
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Southwest Team Manager Training 1:00 pm
Southwest Team Manager Training @ San Juan BOCES Durango Office
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Southwest Team Manager Training @ San Juan BOCES Durango Office | Durango | Colorado | United States
This is a Saturday event for Team Managers, Parents and Teachers working with elementary, middle and secondary level Destination Imagination Teams.  New and “seasoned” Team Managers will meet to go over all things TM.  There is no charge for this event and attendees are invited to...
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Improv Training Webinar 7:00 pm
Improv Training Webinar
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Improv Training Webinar
Attend a Webinar with the Improv Affiliate Challenge masters to learn more about this challenge.   Registration is required for this event.  Click here to RSVP.
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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.