Instant Challenge Workshop

Date:  Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time:  9:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: Payne Elementary School
                  3750 Gleason Avenue
                  San Jose, CA 95130

Reservations for the Silicon Valley Instant Challenge Workshop are required and must be completed on-line by January 16, 2018.

The Silicon Valley Instant Challenge (IC) Workshop provides teams with  an opportunity to have FUN solving multiple Instant Challenges, and to learn by observing other teams’ solutions to the same Challenges.  All members of a team do NOT need to be present for a team to participate in the IC Workshop.

Please make this a high priority event for your team this year. Participation is not required, but this Workshop is a key component for preparing your team for the Instant Challenge part of the tournament.

Each team must have a valid unique 2017-18 Destination Imagination Team Number.

Reservation Types: 
Non-Competitive: Rising Stars! Level teams
Competitive: Elementary, Middle, & Secondary Level teams

Non-Competitive Rising Stars! Level teams will participate in a set of age appropriate Challenges and activities.

Competitive Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Level teams will participate in a set of competitive age appropriate Challenges.

Space is limited, so reserve a space for your team as soon as possible.

On-line Reservations for the 2017-18 Silicon Valley Instant Challenge (IC) Workshop for teams are now being accepted. Team Managers must fill out the Reservation form found here to make a Reservation.

Please include all requested information. If you do not receive an email confirming your team’s Reservation within 48 hours of submission, please email Ivy Orcutt at We recommend you check your spam folders first!

IC Workshop Logistics:

Team Managers for ALL teams should check-in by 9:15 am. Check-in tables will be set up in the courtyard near the Multi-Purpose room.

Parking around the school is limited, so please allow time to park and check-in with your team on time.

The Instant Challenge Workshop will begin promptly at 9:30 am. All teams and Team Managers need to be in their assigned room and ready to begin at 9:30 am.

Due to space limitations and for the safety of participants and volunteers, we limit the number of adults that are allowed to accompany the team into the Instant Challenge rooms.  No more than two adults will be allowed to go in with the Competitive Elementary (Kindergarten-5th), Middle (6th-8th), and Secondary (9th-12th) Level teams. Three adults will be allowed to accompany each Non-Competitive Rising Stars! (Kindergarten-2nd Grade) team.

Additional family members and spectators, including siblings, will not be allowed in the Instant Challenge rooms. We do not have space for strollers and extra people. For the safety of your children and the Volunteers, please understand the need for these restrictions and plan accordingly.

Food and drinks are NOT allowed in the Instant Challenge rooms. Please make sure the team members are well fed and hydrated prior to the event.

We recommend you and your team members dress in layers.  The temperature outdoors and in the classrooms varies throughout the day.

Teams will solve multiple Instant Challenges of various types at the workshop.  Elementary, Middle, and Secondary teams will rotate among separate classrooms. Non-Competitive Rising Stars! teams will rotate through stations within the multi-purpose room. Teams will be solving age appropriate Instant Challenges.

We recommend that adults/Team Managers bring paper/pens to take notes. Teams will not receive scores at this event. This is an opportunity for teams to learn from their experience.

Our Silicon Valley Instant Challenge Challenge Masters, Ivy and Alan Orcutt create the Instant Challenges for our IC Workshop. We appreciate Ivy and Alan sharing their expertise and talents with us. Every year they design Challenges that are FUN for the teams to solve and prepare them well for the Instant Challenge part of the tournament.

To prepare your teams for the official format and style of Instant Challenges they will receive at the tournament, please use the Practice Instant Challenges that are provided in the Documents section of the Resource Area for Team Managers at The Instant Challenges we develop for the IC Workshop focus on the content of the Challenge rather than the official Destination Imagination format and wording.

Enjoy your teams and practicing Instant Challenge! We look forward to seeing you and your team at the Instant Challenge Workshop on January 20, 2018 at Payne Elementary School.


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