Preparing Colorado’s kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences and technology with creativity, teamwork and problem solving.
Students learn collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity skills in a fun and competitive atmosphere. Working with open-ended educationally based Challenges teams work from imagination to innovation to implementation with the guidance of an adult team manager, with support from Destination Imagination Colorado.
Are you interested in being a Team Manager? Are you a new Team Manager? A Returning Team Manager? A Parent interested in getting your child involved in DI? Here are all the answers.
Steps to Starting A Team
What is Destination Imagination
How Does DI Work
Types of Challenges
How do I Involve my Child in DI
Why be a Team Manager
What Skills are needed to be a Team Manager
How are Parents Involved
How do I learn to be a Team Manager
How do I Form a Team
How much time do I need for DI
How much does DI Cost
Destination Imagination prepares Colorado’s kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences, and technology with creativity, teamwork and problem solving in a fun and competitive atmosphere.
Join us in our mission to engage Colorado’s students, as they become the innovators of the future. Destination Imagination (DI) combines STEM, 21st Century skills, and inquiry-based learning with teamwork and fun. DI is a volunteer-led, cause-based nonprofit that inspires and equips students to become the next generation of leaders.
School-aged children work in teams from 2 to 7 members to solve long-term Challenges and practice Instant Challenges. The most important thing to remember is that this program is student driven! There is absolutely no outside help allowed. Team managers are there to supervise, provide resources and teach skills, teamwork and problem solving skills. The Team Members generate the ideas, execute the ideas, and plan a performance showcasing their ideas.
DI relies on volunteers to establish teams in their neighborhood or school.
Many schools and school districts support DI through school coordinators who assist in the formation of teams. DI works differently than most after-school programs; instead of signing up your child through a centralized location, parents interested in DI must form a team and recruit a volunteer team manager. All students may participate in DI as long as they have a Team Manager! There are no try-outs, no ability requirements, just the desire to work with your team to solve Challenges.
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 first hand. 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 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
There are many ways for parents to be involved
With your paid team pack you receive training and Challenge materials including a Roadmap outlining your first 16 team meetings, Team Manager trainings , webinar trainings, access to your Regional Director and Regional Challenge Master to get your questions answered. We will help you through every step of the process.
We know that being a Team Manager is difficult, we want all Team Managers but especially new Team Managers to feel supported. In addition to all the materials provided to you by Destination Imagination, Inc, DI Colorado also offers our own resources page
Also, our DI Colorado staff is available by phone or email to answer any question, or just talk to you about the process. Contact Us We LOVE talking to Team Managers.
Once you have decided to become a DI Team Manager, you need to find a team. Teams are formed by finding students that are interested in DI. How do you find these students?
1. Friends of your Student
2. Ask your child’s teacher for names of students that would like DI
3. Send out a flyer to students in the grade levels that will be on your team
4. Meet with the GT coordinator of your school for help forming a team< Teams are formed with 2 to 7 students, most often in the same school and grade level. However ANY 7 students can be a team! You can form teams in your neighborhood, home school association, school, or church.
The DI season begins on September 1, with the release of that season’s Challenges, and ends with the Regional Tournament in the spring. Most team Managers start in the late fall, but some don’t begin until January. The average Team Manager meets once a week for 2 to 3 hours, and as tournament approaches the team may decide to add additional practice time. The time requirement may vary by age, Challenge chosen, and the competitive ambitions of the team.
Teams placing at their Regional Tournament will advance to the State Tournament in April and teams placing at State will advance to Global Finals at the end of May.
|Type of Membership||Price|
|Competitive Challenge Materials with Printed Materials||$125 + $45 Affiliate Fee =$170, 5 or more teams are $140 each|
|Competitive Challenge Materials with Digital Materials||$105 + $45 Affiliate Fee =$150, 5 or more teams are $140 each|
|Rising Star Challenge Materials with Printed Materials||$75 + $30 Affiliate Fee =$105, 5 or more teams are $90 each|
|Rising Star Challenge Materials with Digital Materials||$65 + $30 Affiliate Fee =$95, 5 or more teams are $90 each|
Average of $250, DI emphasizes using inexpensive materials.
$0 to $100 (Depending on Region)
$80 – $110 per team member for a minimum of 16, 1 hour sessions. (Most DI teams meet more time than this!) State and Global participation will increase this cost.
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