California Destination Imagination Silicon Valley Region will have an exhibit with hands-on Instant Challenges at AT&T Park on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm as part of the Bay Area Science Festival’s Discovery Days. Discovery Days is a free science extravaganza chock-full of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. If you would like to learn more about Destination Imagination and how it teaches creativity, problem solving, and teamwork, stop by to try some Instant Challenges, chat with volunteers and alumni, have some fun, and learn about the program.

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Attend Region IC Events

Tips to Improve Team Scores

Instant Challenge Tournament Procedures

Paperwork

 

Make A Plan

4-6 Weeks

Dissect a Challenge

Brainstorm Ideas 

Research Information

Refine Ideas 

  • CPS Tools
  • Focus on Scoring
  • Team Choice Elements
  • Story / Script overview

Create a Plan

  • Make Models
  • Field trips
  • Script  – Story board
  • WOW Elements

 

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The Destination Imagination (DI) Experience!

Destination Imagination (DI) is a global program that promotes problem solving, teamwork, and creativity in students. Teams of up to seven students choose a challenge to work creatively and collaboratively to find a solution. Teams present their team challenge solutions by performing a skit in front of an audience and appraisers. The team challenges emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). In addition, the DI experience exposes students to instant challenges that give students practice in rapid thinking, design, planning, and executing. In DI, the solution belongs to the team members and the team members alone. All ideas, scenery, scripts, and props are created by the team members. No one outside the team may help in any way with the solution to the challenge. Team members sign a contract prior to every tournament stating that the solution is theirs and no one outside the team helped. Rising Stars teams have modified guidelines for interference rules.

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Get Organized

1-2 Weeks

What Is Destination Imagination

What is the DI Challenge Program

What is Instant Challenge

The DI (Creative) Process

The DI Philosophy

Finding a Meeting Place

Hold a Parent Meeting 

Appraiser & Official Requirements’The Registration System

Parent Info Guide

 

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Get Started

2-4 Weeks

Attend Training

Start Meeting

  • Typical Meeting outline
  • First 5 Meeting Plans

Teamwork & Team Building

Instant Challenge – How to Teach your Team

Discuss Challenges 

  • Watch Challenge Video
  • First Look Document

Interference

Choose a Challenge

2-4 Weeks

Team Name Selection

How to get your Team to choose a Challenge

How to read a Challenge

Big Ideas 

Team Choice Elements

The Team's Solution

6-8 Weeks

Improv Teams

  • Research
  • Research Improv Techniques
  • Practice Practice Practice

Non-Improv Teams

Creating Props, Backdrops & Costumes

  • Skills
  • Mentors & Experts
  • Materials
  • Costs
  • embellishments
  • Divide and Conquer

The Design Process

  • Refine
  • Redesign
  • Test

Script writing

  • Prewriting Questions to ask your Team
  • 7 Steps to Story Telling

Performance Cs

Description

Types

Performance Building Blocks

Subjective Scoring

Tips to Improve

IC Resources

Get Ready for the Tournament

2-3 Weeks

Practicing

  • Ready Set Go!
  • Acting
  • Blocking
  • Dress Rehearsal
  • Talking to appraisers
  • Elevator speech – What is the solution all about

Planning

  • Typical Tournament Day
  • Tournament site walk thru(Region specific)
  • Note for Parents
  • Paperwork
  • Transportation
  • Emergency Repair kit
  • Failure Proof your Team

Celebrate!

1 Week

After Tournament Celebration

  • Certificates
  • Thank yous
  • What’s next?

Summer Activities

  • 7 Summer activities to try
  • STEAM Activites

Get Help

1 Week

List of Ways Parents Can Help

Team Appraiser

Team Official

Instant Challenge Helper

Skill Mentors

Start Meeting With Your Team

2-4 Weeks

Attend Training in your Region –
The Region  workshop will help new Team Managers prepare to start their DI journey. This training is packed with ICs, Team Builders, tips and HELP! Come ready to dive in and learn, share your experiences, and get ready to have FUN!

Start Meeting with your Team

  • Outline of a typical Meeting
  • The First 5 Meetings Plan – All materials and ICs and activities for your first 5 meetings.
  • Teamwork & Team Building games

Interference 

  • Explain interference to your Team
  • Interference Activity

Team Rules

Team Name Selection

Introduce the Challenges

  • What does a DI Challenge Look Like?
  • Videos
  • First Look

Instant Challenge

  • What is Instant Challenge
  • What does it look like?
  • How to Prepare
  • How to Teach Instant Challenge

Tournament Day

Be the Team Cheerleader!

Typical day at the Tournament

Set Expectations of Kids & Parents

Paperwork & Contact Forms

Tournament FAQs

 

 

IC Training

The Basics

  • What is Instant Challenge?
  • Types of Instant Challenges
  • Why & When to Practice IC? 
  • Create a Box of IC Materials

Training

  • Procedures
  • Set Expectations
  • Debrief Questions
  • Rubrics & Scoring
  • Team Roles
  • Managing Behaviors

IC Skills

Teamwork

Listening Skills

Time Management

Material Manipulation – Properties of Materials

Team Game Plan

Task Based Instant Challenges

Description

Types

How to Read a Task Based IC

Task Based Building Blocks

Tips to Improve 

IC Resources

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