Important Manager Information!

Your team cannot be scheduled for their Regional Tournament until you have a Background Check on file and have completed the “Keeping DI Particapants Safe” course online.

  • For more information on your Region’s background requirements click here.
  • If you have not received your invite to online training from Adobe Captivate Prime, please contact Rob.

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.

Register for Tournament Today!

Register for the Southwest Tournament!

Click here: Registration

 

 

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Location: 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

Team Manager Training for the Southwest Region was held on November 16th.  Materials presented can be downloaded here:

DISWCO Resourses

DISWCO TM Training Agenda/Notes

DISWCO Team Manager Training Presentation

 

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

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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.

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CANCELLED IC 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

Southwest Colorado Instant Challenge Workshop @ Escalante Middle School
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Destination Imagination of Southwest Colorado is hosting an Instant Challenge (IC) Workshop on Saturday, January 25th, 1:00-3:30 PM at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane in Durango. The first 2 hours will be workshops focused on different aspects of Instant Challenge such as storytelling and using materials. The last 1/2 hour is reserved for Q&A with our tournament volunteers about IC or other parts of your DI journey. Come one, come all!!
This event is free of charge.

Please let us know you’re coming by registering online here.

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Appraiser Training-Improv Challenge
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Appraiser Training-Improv Challenge

Required training for the Appraisers of the Improv Challenge-To the Rescue

 

Registration for this webinar is required, Please Click Here to RSVP

Cherry Creek Pre-Tournament Team Manager Meeting @ Sky Vista Middle School
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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South Metro Instant Challenge Day @ St Mary's Academy
Feb 1 @ 7:00 am – 1:30 pm
South Metro Instant Challenge Day @ St Mary's Academy | Englewood | Colorado | United States
South Metro Teams Only: Instant Challenge Day is the perfect opportunity for your team to receive hands on experience in front of appraisers in a noncompetitive setting. Each team will rotate through 4 different types of challenges, be given feedback on their solution, teamwork and hints to make tournament day Instant Challenge less stressful. The challenges are tournament level appropriate.
Appraisers: Each team is required to provide one volunteer appraiser, this can be a parent, teacher, grandparent or…. if you’d like to see what Instant Challenge is all about have a parent escort your team and you be the appraiser. This person needs to commit to appraising until approximately 1:00 pm on Instant Challenge Day. There will be a training in the morning before teams arrive so no need to worry if your volunteer isn’t familiar with Instant Challenge. We’ll training them and make sure they are placed with an experience person. Your team will not be considered registered without a volunteer. Instant Challenge Day can’t happen without volunteers!
Registration opens in December. Space is limited, this event is always sold out.
Denver IC Day @ Evie Dennis Campus BLDG #4
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Southwest Colorado DI Drop-In – Durango @ San Juan BOCES Durango Office
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Southwest Colorado DI Drop-In - Durango @ San Juan BOCES Durango Office | Durango | Colorado | United States

Come in, browse program materials, check out our Instant Challenge Library, ask questions, use our technology  (computer, printer, photocopier) or get help with anything DI…

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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DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting 6:30 pm
DI Colorado Board of Directors Meeting @ DI Colorado Offices
Jan 8 @ 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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Regional Challenge Master Training and Boot Camp 10:00 am
Regional Challenge Master Training and Boot Camp @ Hamilton Middle School
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Regional Challenge Master Training and Boot Camp @ Hamilton Middle School | Denver | Colorado | United States
 
Southwest Colorado DI Drop-In – Durango 10:00 am
Southwest Colorado DI Drop-In – Durango @ San Juan BOCES Durango Office
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Southwest Colorado DI Drop-In - Durango @ San Juan BOCES Durango Office | Durango | Colorado | United States
Come in, browse program materials, check out our Instant Challenge Library, ask questions, use our technology  (computer, printer, photocopier) or get help with anything DI…
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Southwest Colorado DI Drop-In – Cortez 10:00 am
Southwest Colorado DI Drop-In – Cortez @ San Juan BOCES Cortez Office
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Southwest Colorado DI Drop-In - Cortez @ San Juan BOCES Cortez Office | Cortez | Colorado | United States
Come in, browse program materials, check out our Instant Challenge Library, ask questions, use our technology  (computer, printer, photocopier) or get help with anything DI…
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Appraiser Training Webinar-Instant Challenge 7:00 pm
Appraiser Training Webinar-Instant Challenge
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Appraiser Training Webinar-Instant Challenge
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.
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Southwest Colorado Instant Challenge Workshop 1:00 pm
Southwest Colorado Instant Challenge Workshop @ Escalante Middle School
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Southwest Colorado Instant Challenge Workshop @ Escalante Middle School | Durango | Colorado | United States
Destination Imagination of Southwest Colorado is hosting an Instant Challenge (IC) Workshop on Saturday, January 25th, 1:00-3:30 PM at Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane in Durango. The first 2 hours will be workshops focused on different aspects of Instant Challenge such as storytelling and...
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Appraiser Training-Improv Challenge 7:00 pm
Appraiser Training-Improv Challenge
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Appraiser Training-Improv Challenge
Required training for the Appraisers of the Improv Challenge-To the Rescue   Registration for this webinar is required, Please Click Here to RSVP
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Clarification Deadline!
Clarification Deadline!
Jan 31 all-day
Clarification Deadline!
Please see pages 24 and 25 of the Rules of the Road for more information.
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.