Team Managers

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Resources by Challenge (2018-2019)

Technical Challenge: THE BIG FIX

Our Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.
Our Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.

THE BIG FIX (2019-2020) – POINTS OF INTEREST

 

  • Design and build an invention.
  • Create and present a story about how a problem is solved by using the invention.
  • Integrate an invention artifact, to highlight the development process.
  • Design and build scenery that shows the impact of solving the problem.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

 

DI Colorado Training Webinars

 

Clarifications for The Big Fix

Contact Your Challenge Masters:

David Jared

Megan O’Brien

Amy Norder

Chris Bobbs

Scientific Challenge: FIRST ENCOUNTER

Our Scientific Challenge blends the curiosity of scientific research with the creative expression of performance art.
Our Scientific Challenge blends the curiosity of scientific research with the creative expression of performance art.

FIRST ENCOUNTER (2019-2020) – POINTS OF INTEREST

 

  • Research a real species and a real habitat.
  • Create and present a story about the first encounter between the species and the habitat.
  • Show how the species and the habitat change as a result of the encounter.
  • Present the story in theater in the round.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

 

DI Colorado Training Webinars

Clarifications for First Encounter

Contact Your Challenge Masters:

Jessica Jones

Bri Klein

Isaiah Thompson

Engineering Challenge: IN THE CARDS

Our Engineering Challenge asks students to design, build, and test load-bearing structures created from specific materials.
Our Engineering Challenge asks students to design, build, and test load-bearing structures created from specific materials.

IN THE CARDS (2019 -2020) – POINTS OF INTEREST

 

  • Design and build a bridge that will be assembled during the Presentation.
  • Move weight across the bridge to test its strength.
  • Create and present a story about an unexpected connection and its outcome.
  • Design and create a set piece that transitions between settings.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

 

DI Colorado Training Webinars

Clarifications for In The Cards

Contact your Challenge Masters:

Jim Sirko

Colton Tapler

Kerry Smith

Jayme Cogswell

Fine Arts Challenge: PICTURE THIS

Our Fine Arts Challenge helps students develop acting and creative skills through artistic media, theater arts, script writing, and prop design.
Our Fine Arts Challenge helps students develop acting and creative skills through artistic media, theater arts, script writing, and prop design.

PICTURE THIS (2019 -2020) – POINTS OF INTEREST

 

  • Create and present a story that features an unseen character and its impact on a
    team-selected photograph.
  • Theatrically recreate the photograph during the Presentation.
  • Create and present a visual effect that includes a photographic technique.
  • Show how the visual effect changes the perspective of one or more characters.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

 

DI Colorado Training Webinars

Clarifications for Picture This

Contact your Challenge Masters:

Barb Peister

Lindsay Kennedy

Jes Cofran

Improvisational Challenge: TO THE RESCUE

Our Improvisational Challenge is all about research, spontaneity, and storytelling. Teams receive topics and produce skits right on the spot.
Our Improvisational Challenge is all about research, spontaneity, and storytelling. Teams receive topics and produce skits right on the spot.

TO THE RESCUE (2019 -2020) – POINTS OF INTEREST

 

  • Research superpowers and how they are portrayed in comic books, literature, film, and other media.
  • Create and present an improvisational skit about a villain who uses a superpower to cause an unexpected situation.
  • Include a hero who uses an underwhelming power to try to overcome the unexpected situation.
  • Enhance the skit with sounds effects.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

 

DI Colorado Training Webinars

Clarifications for To The Rescue

Contact your Challenge Masters:

Mary Ann Goff

Ally Hayden

Abby Svoboda

Service Learning Challenge: IT'S ABOUT TIME

Our Service Learning Challenge is designed to engage students in public service that addresses real-life community issues.
Our Service Learning Challenge is designed to engage students in public service that addresses real-life community issues.

IT’S ABOUT TIME (2019 -2020) – POINTS OF INTEREST

 

  • Identify, design, carry out, and evaluate a project that addresses a need in a real community.
  • Create and present a story that shows at least one character in a race against time.
  • Integrate information about the project into the story.
  • Design and build a device that represents time and highlights milestones from the project.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

 

DI Colorado Training Webinars

Clarifications for It’s About Time

Contact your Challenge Masters:

Jennifer Zakotnik

Lena Carroll

Dan Wilson

Rising Stars Challenge: BLAST OFF

Our Rising Stars for Early Learners Challenge offers simple experiences with the creative process, and it gives young kids (preschool through 2nd grade) a place to work together and make new friends.
Our Rising Stars for Early Learners Challenge offers simple experiences with the creative process, and it gives young kids (preschool through 2nd grade) a place to work together and make new friends.

BLAST OFF (2019 -2020) – POINTS OF INTEREST

 

  • Create and present a play about characters who travel from one planet to another.
  • Include something surprising that happens during the trip.
  • Design and create a puppet to use in the play.
  • Launch team-created rockets during the play.
  • Create costumes, props, and scenery to help tell the story.

 

DI Colorado Training Webinars

Contact your Challenge Master:

Susan Stirrup

General Team Manager Information

Team Manager Trainings

DI Colorado provides trainings for both our new and “seasoned” Team Managers.

 

New Team Manager Training: Covers the basics by providing 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 feeling comfortable with the Destination Imagination program. This training will not discuss any of the long-term challenges.

 

Team Manager Training: These training opportunities are provided throughout the Denver Metro Area, Pueblo, Durango, and on the Western Slope. This experience offers the richest, most complete training. You get to interact with experienced Team Managers and volunteers, all of whom are eager to help. The agenda for the Denver Metro trainings will be posted here when finalized.

 

There is no charge for trainings. They are included as part of your fees when you purchase your National Membership.

 

Jan
25
Sat
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.

Jan
29
Wed
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
Feb
1
Sat
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…

Feb
3
Mon
Appraiser Training Webinar-Technical Challenge
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Our Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.

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.

Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group

Wine & Wisdom nights are an opportunity to get together with other Team Managers and discuss specific topics. Or, if you have an issue you need to talk through with other Team Managers, this is the place for you. Bring a drink and light snack to share. This is an adults only evening, so please leave the kids at home.
This evening is hosted by Dacia Donohue, an experienced Team Manager and current DI Colorado Board Member. If you are interested in attending email Dacia at Dacia Donohue for the address.

 

Feb
21
Fri
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
  • Tonight’s Topics: Tournament Prep
  • RSVP to Dacia Donohue at donohuesdodi@gmail.com
  • Bring a drink and light snack to share.
  • If you have a specific topic you want to cover, email Dacia, she’ll work it in!
Mar
13
Fri
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Mar 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
  • Tonight’s Topics: STATE PREP
  • RSVP to Dacia Donohue at donohuesdodi@gmail.com
  • Bring a drink and light snack to share.
  • If you have a specific topic you want to cover, email Dacia, she’ll work it in!
Apr
17
Fri
Wine & Wisdom – Team Manager Support Group
Apr 17 @ 10:56 pm – 11:56 pm
Wine & Wisdom - Team Manager Support Group
  • Tonight’s Topics: Global Finals Prep
  • RSVP to Dacia Donohue at donohuesdodi@gmail.com
  • Bring a drink and light snack to share.
  • If you have a specific topic you want to cover, email Dacia, she’ll work it in!

 

Why become a Team Manager

Becoming a DI Team Manager can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have as an adult volunteer.  You get to witness the growth of your team and the amazing solutions they develop, firsthand. Along the way, you learn how to build teams, teach creative problem solving, and form lasting relationships with your team members and other adult volunteers.

 

“Unlike any other organization I’ve come across, I see that DI teaches extremely valuable real-world skills that will give my kids, and the kids on my team, a major head-start in life. They don’t get these valuable skills in school and very few other organizations are as effective at teaching and encouraging them. More than ever, the engine of our economy is ‘American Ingenuity’ and I want my kids to enter the working world with strong skills in this area. Being part of DI is very satisfying – and worth my time. I’ve developed a much deeper and meaningful relationship with my kids (and other DI team members) through DI. DI has prompted some great ‘kitchen table’ discussions with my kids on very practical real-world issues. It’s also allowed me to play a major increased role in their lives and in their development that I know they value.”-Scott Dalgleish

How To Become The Team Manager of Record

By now, your team has most likely read through all of the exciting Challenges of the 2019-20 season. If you’ve chosen your Challenge, you may have even started working on its solution already! Each year, our Challenge Writers work hard to make sure they develop fun and engaging academic Challenges for all of our participants. 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!

 

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, 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

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Your region may have different policies, please check your regional page.

 

 

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 you 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. Managers who are not school employees should check with their school office, and follow those 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 $27.

 

All of the methods outlined above are confidential, and your personal information does not reside with DI Colorado. We will only be notified 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 their case reviewed by the agency providing the background check. Your Regional Director will be notified that your team cannot compete in the Regional Tournament, unless a new Team Manager is chosen and has cleared a background check.

Clarifications

PUBLISHED CLARIFICATIONS

  • When there is an issue in a Team Challenge or Rules of the Road that all teams should know about, a Published Clarification will be posted.
  • A Published Clarification supersedes Rules of the Road and the Team Challenge, as well as a Team Clarification.
  • Every team is expected to know the Published Clarifications for their Challenge.

 

TEAM CLARIFICATIONS

  • Before your team asks for a Team Clarification, please read all the Published Clarifications for your Challenge.
  • Your team may ask up to 10 questions for your Team Challenge.
  • Teams may only ask ONE question per Clarification request.
  • We will answer your team’s questions and send the answers directly back to you.
  • The question and answer will not be shared with any other team.
  • Team Clarifications should be submitted by the Team Manager.

 

The deadline to ask for Team Clarifications is January 31, 2020.

 

To see published clarifications or to ask for a clarification:

Big Fix

First Encounter

In The Cards

Picture This

To The Rescue

It’s About Time

Forms

Permission slip for team meetings, excursions, events: Permission Form

 

Team Snack Sign-Up Form

 

Tournament Forms: (coming soon!)

Tournament Data Forms

Expense Form

Declaration of Independence

Riding the Creative Wave - One Alumni's Experience

Hi, my name is Riley Morgenthaler, DI Alumna and creator of this website.

After watching my sisters do DI for seven long years, I was overjoyed when, in the sixth grade, it was finally my turn to join a team.  Head buzzing with all of the ideas I had been formulating since I was three years old, I eagerly threw off my cheerleader sash to join the ranks of the competitors.  I was sure that all of my best laid plans and dreams would pan out perfectly as I embarked on my long-awaited DI journey.  Luckily for me, they didn’t, and DI became the biggest learning experience of my life as I navigated teamwork, self-doubt, disappointment and success.   

Throughout my six years as a DI team member I became well acquainted with the ups-and-downs of the Creative Process, and I am happy to be able to share my knowledge and experience of the various stages with other DI kids.  Each part of the process might not be fun, but it is the struggle that makes the success worthwhile.

 

 

Riding the Creative Wave

Words Of Wisdom From Team Managers

Team Manager Guide: Here is a wonderful guide to help a first year Team Manager. It was written in 2015 by a Team Manager who has managed DI teams for each of his three children. This is his perspective.

New Team Manager Guide (2015)

Appendices To New Team Manager Guide

 

Advice from a Team Manager to New Team Managers.

Things I Wish I’d Known

 

Experiences as a DI Team Manager and how they are real-world, adult experiences.

Experiences As A DI Team Manager

 

The top 10 Team Manager duties from an experienced Team Manager.

Top 10 Team Manager Duties

Become A Team Manager Mentor

Guide For Manager Mentors

If you are an experienced Team Manager, please consider acting as a mentor for a new Team Manager. DI can be an overwhelming program to jump right into. As a new Team Manager, having a person to talk with, run ideas past, etc. is so helpful.  By providing this small service, you will truly be able to make a big difference for another Destination Imagination team.

 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, contact Kate Donelan.

 

Manager Mentor Duties:

  • Check in with your Mentee at least once a week.
  • Answer any questions your Mentee has, and remember how confused you were when you first started.
  • Provide insight and tips to help these new Team Managers be successful.
  • Act as an inspiration and example to follow.
  • Be supportive, and remember that you are doing something amazing to help others!

 

Things New Team Managers need the most help with:

  • how to lead a productive meeting
  • how to get the team focused and moving in the same direction
  • how to understand the Challenge
  • how to interpret scoring
  • what the final product will look like
  • how to deal with team conflict
  • how to build teamwork
  • how to establish continuity from one year to the next
  • general information about how this all works

 

Other Ways You Can Help:

Depending on your availability, resources, and Mentee’s requests, these are some potential ideas of ways you can help these new teams be successful.

  • Invite them to one of your team’s meetings and/or attend one of their team’s meetings.
  • If you are putting together an Instant Challenge for your team, and have extra materials, put together a kit to give to your Mentee’s team.
  • Share your stash of Instant Challenges.
  • Have your teams meet, so that your team members can do their own “mini mentoring” for new participants.
  • Have an Instant Challenge party for both of your teams.
  • Share pictures and/or videos of your team’s past solutions.
  • Check if your Mentee’s team needs help getting to tournaments.
  • If you’re taking your team on a field trip, if possible, take the other team along.
  • Check in with your Mentee as the tournament approaches.
  • Just be supportive!

Additional Resources - Videos, DIHQ Resource Page, FAQ

Colorado YouTube Channel: YouTube Colorado

Watch Colorado team solution videos and Colorado training webinars.

 

DIHQ YouTube Channel: DI Nationals YouTube

Watch teams’ final solutions, hear what DI Alum and Sponsors have to say, and watch last year’s Global Finals ceremonies.

 

2 Minute Team Videos YouTube Channel: 2 Minute Team Videos

Lots of videos by kids for kids about the Destination Imagination process.

 

DIHQ Resources page: Resources

Here you’ll find Instant Challenges, team building activities, as well as exploring and understanding properties of materials.

 

Destination Imagination Colorado FAQ page: Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll find additional answers to questions such as How To Form A Team and What’s The Time Commitment here.

All Other Resources
  • Get new Instant Challenges (ICs).
  • Learn how to teach skills through IC.
  • Find new places to get IC materials.
  • Learn about what is and isn’t Interference.
  • Teach your team family members about Interference.
  • Develop strategies to avoid Interference.

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