Help DI Students Succeed in Life!

Are you a parent who is looking for new opportunities to inspire your kids?
Or maybe you’re an educator who is passionate about STEAM-based learning?

Become a Destination Imagination Team Manager!​

Our program is 100-percent kid-driven. Students work together in teams to generate ideas, research different topics and techniques, and plan and build their Challenge solutions. This is done under the guidance of a Team Manager (often a parent or teacher), who serves as a mentor and team meeting facilitator but does not contribute ideas or help the team with their project.

As a Team Manager, your team will have the opportunity to explore their curiosities and be creative while building their teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. And best of all—you will have the opportunity to be a front row spectator as this experience unfolds

PARENT PARTICIPATION NEEDED

Every team of seven students needs at least one adult Team Manager (18 years or older). The most successful Team Managers (TMs) are involved and invested parents, Teachers or friends! It can be helpful to have two TMs for a team, or a TM and an Assistant TM. Whatever works for you!

As a TM, you’ll have the opportunity to teach real-world, life-long skills to your team. You’ll have the satisfaction of watching kids come together to create a unique solution that they can be proud of. And, they’ll rub off on you, as you become more creative as well!

As a Team Manager, you:

  • Supporting your team with encouragement.
  • Organize a time and place for your team to meet together regularly (Your home, garage, neighborhood club house or school)
  • Act as a facilitator to the team, making sure the kids are making progress in solving their challenge and preparing for the tournament. Team Managers don’t solve the challenge, the kids do! 
  • Help the team obtain materials to solve the challenge,
  • Find people to teach skills the team needs to solve their challenge. Ie. Cutting wood, using a hammer or sewing and painting
  • Keep parents informed about the Team’s progress
  • Prepare Instant Challenges for the kids to practice at team meetings.
  • Cheer for your team on tournament day

NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Being a team manager can be a truly rewarding experience. We want to make this program available to as many interested students as possible.  All Teams are managed by volunteers and are required to obtain a background check to ensure child safety.  

We provide extensive training and support for Team Managers to help guide you through the season. Team Managers attend a training session given in their Region and there is online training available. Team Managers also receive amazing Challenge materials from DI! Every Region also hosts workshops for you and your team to help build skills. 

Sounds easy, so get started TODAY!

 

What happens at the tournament?

Teams compete in their level with other teams from their Region area.


There are two parts to the Tournament:

TEAM CHALLENGE

A team will select a Team Challenge to solve in advance of the tournament and will prepare their solution in the months leading up to the tournament. The team must solve the challenge themselves, with no assistance (interference) from anyone not even parents, friends, Team Managers or siblings. At the tournament, teams will deliver a presentation (performance) of their solution in 8 minutes to a group of appraisers. The Team Challenge is worth 75% of their final score.

INSTANT CHALLENGE

At the tournament, teams will also be given an Instant Challenge, which they will be asked to solve in a very short period of time, without knowing the challenge in advance. Teams will go into a room and will be given a challenge and the materials with which to solve it. They use their quick thinking and teamwork skills to produce a solution, usually in a period of five to eight minutes! Teams practice many different Instant Challenges during the season to prepare for this part of the competition. The Instant Challenge is worth 25% of their final score.

Interested in managing a team?
Please contact us and we will help you get started!

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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!

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Interference 

Team Rules

Introduce the Challenges

Instant Challenge – The Instant Challenge portion of the DI competition is a chance for your team to show off its creative problem solving skills as they work together and “think on their feet” in a very short time frame to solve a problem. ICs are usually 5-10 minutes long.

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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

Review your Resources 

Review Program Materials 

Your membership number allows access to the challenge program materials which are available for download . As soon as you purchase a team number you may download your Challenge Materials from MyCALDI

  • Team Challenge Previews 
    • Use these to help your Team choose their challenge
      • Challenge Previews
      • Challenge Preview Videos  
      • First Look Documents
  • Roadmap
    • Roadmap is a Team Manager resource developed to assist you in guiding your team members as they design and execute a Challenge solution. Section three (Guiding Your Team) explains the roles you will fill as a Team Manager, gives examples of how to begin solving a Challenge, introduces project management, and provides example meeting agendas. Section three will also point you to other resources available in Roadmap.
  • Rules of the Road
    • Rules of the Road is a document that contains all of the rules, procedures, and some of the forms required to participate in a Team Challenge at a tournament. Regardless of the Team Challenge a team has selected, it is very important for the team members to review Rules of the Road to learn the details of the Challenge experience, to prepare for tournaments, and to make sure the Team Challenge solution complies with rules and procedures found in Rules of the Road.
  • Team Challenge Materials
    • As soon as your Team has chosen their challenge, download a copy of the full team challenge

Child Safety & Youth Protection Guidelines

We work every day to create a safe, fun environment so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life. We have ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct. Complete Policy Statement.

Background Check

    • It is IMPORTANT to use the same legal name and email address that you use to register at MY CALDI!
    • Obtain a BackGround check BEFORE you begin meeting with your Team. Caldi Background check policy can be viewed HERE
    • Click on the button at the top of your MY CALDI home page to apply for a background check . 
    • Background Check FAQ can be found HERE

Please note only a CALDI approved background check will be accepted. 

Find a meeting Location

    • Meetings can be held at the home of the Team Manager, but can also be held elsewhere at parent’s homes, school or community rooms.
    • Your team will need a space in which to store the materials they are using and the things (props, scenery, gadgets, costumes, etc.) that they make.

Choose a Meeting Day and Time

Choose what works best for you. You are volunteering to help guide the kids every week. 

Hold a Parent Meeting

Before you meet with the kids you need to get organized. Make sure you have the help you need before your first Team Meeting

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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 – DI Team names are often DI punny or unusual. Teams often choose creative names that relate to their challenge or presentation in some way or just make them laugh. Let the Team go wild with their choice.

How to get your Team to choose a Challenge

How to read a Challenge

Big Ideas 

Team Choice Elements

Make A Plan

4-6 Weeks

Dissect a Challenge

Brainstorm Ideas 

Research Information – the hardest for teams to complete is the research phase because many kids aren’t super interested in pushing through this drier part of the process. Make sure that everyone has a copy of the Challenge at each meeting and that they keep referring to the things that they have decided that they need to learn in order to solve the Challenge. Refine Ideas 

Create a Plan

Get Ready for the Tournament

2-3 Weeks

Practicing

Planning

Celebrate!

1 Week

Tournament Day

Be the Team Cheerleader!

Typical day at the Tournament

Set Expectations of Kids & Parents

Paperwork & Contact Forms

Tournament FAQs

 

 

IC Information

Teams need a basic understanding of what Instant Challenge is and what to expect. Start off by watching a video and then try a simple IC. Make it FUN!

IC Skills

Material Skills

Team Skills

Task Based Instant Challenges

General Information

Training for Task Based ICs

Tips & Tournament Preparation

Attend Region IC Events

Tips to Improve Team Scores

Instant Challenge Tournament Procedures

Paperwork

 

IC Basic Information

The Instant Challenge portion of the DI competition is a chance for your team to show off its creative problem solving skills as they work together and “think on their feet” in a very short time frame to solve a problem. ICs are usually 5-10 minutes long.

Basic Information

Teaching Information –

Teamwork

A team is a group of people, united by a common culture and purpose, who are cooperating to achieve quality results.

The challenge we have as Team Managers – helping kids develop healthy and effective interpersonal skills and processes so they can work cooperatively.

Teaching Teamwork

Teaching Listening Skills

Dealing with Team Conflict

IC Materials

Having a common vocabulary and a way to categorize the properties of the materials you have been given will allow your team to jump into the planning and executing stages of the Instant Challenge more easily. ​​

IC Training Plan

FUN is key!
If your team isn’t having fun they won’t master the skills! Be enthusiastic and crazy, help your team relax. You are their Cheerleader.

Promote a sense of camaraderie, and collaboration. Praise the kids when they take risks even if it doesn’t work. Teach them to learn from failure, embrace it and improve.

Training Guide

Teaching Information –

 

IC Tips & Tournament Prep

Tips and advice on ways to help your team  improve in Instant Challenge.

Start by attending the Instant Challenge workshops offered by your Region. These workshops  give your Team a chance to practice all the skills they’ve been learning in a non-competitive environment. It is FUN and helps teams figure out what they do well and what they need to work on before Tournament day

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