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Destination Imagination is an international creative team-based problem-solving competition for kids and teens that focuses on STEAM and life skills. DI participants learn the four Cs: creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking. The world is changing fast, and the challenges kids will face in the future will be much different from those we faced growing up. We don’t know what the future holds. But we do know—no matter what—these skills will be essential to their success.
We invite you to LEARN MORE about who we are, what we do, and the impact we have.
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
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.
Please note only a CALDI approved background check will be accepted.
Choose what works best for you. You are volunteering to help guide the kids every week.
Before you meet with the kids you need to get organized. Make sure you have the help you need before your first Team Meeting
Teamwork & Team Building
Instant Challenge – How to Teach your Team
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.
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
Creating Props, Backdrops & Costumes
After Tournament Celebration
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
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.
Write your own IC –Use this matrix as a model for developing your own IC’s.
Practice Sets from Roadmaps
ICs from CDs
Start With Setting Expectations of Kids & Parents – DI is a process… Tournament Day should be FUN and a way for the kids to show their accomplishments.
Tournament Day Help
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!
Teaching 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.
Teaching Information –
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 Listening Skills
Dealing with Team Conflict
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.
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.
Teaching Information –
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
Ball and Ramps
These have debrief notes specific to each challenge
California Creativity Essay Scholarship
2010 Caryn DeFrees
2012 Alexander Guy
2013 Alexis Klopack
2015 Emily Mair
2016 Heidi Kevalevsky
2018 Savita Balaji
2019 Kaelyn Ong
2020 Caroline Liebe
Justin Kissel Scholarship
2010 Walter Scott Campbell
2011 Erica Grant
2011 Christopher Piotrowski
2012 Zachary Campbell
2013 Mark Rinkel
2014 Crystal Piotrowski
2015 Diana Terrin Spray
2016 Griffin Berlin
2017 Alexis Franklin
2017 Justin Yeung
2018 Rebecca Yee
2019 Sara Smith