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    Introduction to Destination Imagination (DI)

    What is DI: It is an exciting program for students (elementary-college) run by parent volunteers (team managers), wherein teams of appropriate age group are formed consisting of min 2 and max 7 kids. The team works towards developing creative solutions to a complex challenge completely on their own which they present at a Regional Tournament (usually in Spring). The top teams move on to State and then Global levels.

    What does DI Focus on: Creativity, Problem solving and Teamwork

    Life Skills learned:They will learn how to dissect a problem, think out of the box, explore ideas and solutions and most importantly learn teamwork, negotiation and compromise. During the process of solving DI challenges, students learn to identify each other’s strengths and use it to become confident contributors and presenters.

    What kind of Challenges: All Challenges contain a problem with different educational focus: Technical, Structural, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational and Community Outreach.  The team chooses a challenge to work on from the 6 choices. The team does research and comes up with the best possible solution. Most challenges also have a presentation part, wherein the team writes the script, makes costumes and props. To preview this year’s challenges please visit:www.idodi.org

    Non Competitive Level– (Preschool to 2ndGrade) These teams are called “Rising Stars” and do not compete. Rising star teams work on the Rising Star challenge and do not have to choose a challenge.

    Competitive Level- (K-University ) Teams can choose from six different types of challenges. They also participate inInstant Challengewhich requires quick thinking, creative and time critical solutions. Instant challenges could be performance based, task based or hybrid.

     

    Interference:A very important part of DI is the Interference Rule wherein an adult including team managers cannot contribute any ideas towards the solution. This is a rule that is strictly followed and monitored by the judges. The solution has to come from the team members alone.

    Time Commitment:Teams usually work from October to March and may extend to May if they make it to the state level. Teams are usually on a tight schedule and team work is of utmost importance. Hence teams cannot afford to have absences. The schedule depends on the Team Manager and their team members.

                   Rising Starswill probably meet after school once a week for 1 to 2 hours 

    Competitive teamsmay meet once or twice a week for 1 to 3 hours, as the competition gets closer.

     

    Funding:We try and raise funds during the year to cover registration and regional tournament fees for all NR teams. We set aside some funds for children who cannot afford to pay their share. It is therefore important for all teams and their team members to participate in DI Fundraisers. We usually do a couple of fundraisers.

    Cost Commitment:The team will be responsible for Supplies and workshop fees and any other cost that the team incurs. This will vary depending on how many team members a team has and what are their costs. It can range anywhere from $35 - $75 per team member.

    Important Links:www.idodi.org(National Affiliate)www.tvncdi.org(Regional DI office in Lewisville)

    Collection of team solution videos from previous years on youtubehttp://didisc.org/r-videos

    Contact Seema Gokharu (Newton Rayzor DI Coordinator) for more informationseemagokharu@hotmail.com