California Teams are in the News!

Scripps Ranch Kids Part of Winning Team

A team of students from Scripps Ranch and Poway chose to simultaneously solve the Scientific and Fine Arts challenges this year.Solving two challenges is highly unusual and required tremendous dedication. This team advanced to DI Global Finals in Kansas City MO and won 1st place in both challenge categories. They were also honored with a special award for exceptional engineering in their solution.

Team Catnip

Thurston Middle School’s Catnip competed in the Improvisational Challenge (Heads Up) and placed third, qualifying. (LBUSD)

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9 Laguna Beach Teams advance to the State Tournamernt

Laguna Beach Teams Headed to State

Moving on to the State Tournament in Clovis Ca.

Laguna Beach High School Team

Nine Laguna Beach Unified School District Teams have advanced to state competition in the Destination Imagination Tournament.

Long Beach's Flying Squirrels

Six of the Belmont Heights area's brightest moved into their first year of middle school ready to take on another STEAM-centered challenge.

Golden Minions

Team Golden Minions Hack the S2 Robot to Advance to Destination Imagination's CA State Competition

Stevenson Elementary Destination Imagination

Moving on to the State Tournament

Team Super Six from Hollister Elementary

Members of Team Super Six from Hollister Elementary celebrate their first-place finish in the Engineering Challenge of the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament held Saturday.

Team Your Worst Nightmare

Team Your Worst Nightmare of Montessori in Redlands participates in the state level of the Destination Imagination competition on April 2 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside.

Team We are G.R.A.O.T.
from the Grove School Redlands

The We are G.R.A.O.T. team from The Grove School in Redlands tied for third place in the state Destination Imagination tournament in Clovis on April 6, 2019. From left they are, Elaine Spencer, Alex Holden, Evan Hill, Reid Norton-Brainerd and Owen Crocker

Mad Mystery Men team
from Kimberly Elementary in Redlands

The Mad Mystery Men team from Kimberly Elementary in Redlands took first place in the state Destination Imagination tournament in Clovis on April 6, 2019. From left they are, front row, Jacob Nitch, Aiden Russ, Liam Sweeney and Bryan Koonce, back row, team managers Steve Foulkes and Sara Russ. (Courtesy of Sara Russ)

Team Discord - Pasadena

Team Discord, a group of craftily intrepid students from South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS), San Gabriel’s Jefferson Middle School and Arcadia’s Dana Middle School, captured first place in the technical challenge division at the California state tournament for Destination Imagination (DI) held in Fresno on April 6.

Team RiseUp - Rocklin

Makerspace Supports Celebrated Destination Imagination Team. RiseUP chose to raise money for the Camp Fire victims and community of Paradise hit by the California wildfires.

Team Sugar Rush - San Ramon

Middle Schoolers Make a Difference for FOP Families. Known as Sugar Rush, this DI team knew they couldn’t just learn about FOP, but needed to take action to help. As a result, they've raised $1,300 so far!

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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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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

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  • 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.
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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. ​​

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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.

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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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