**NEW THIS YEAR**
There will be no regional tournament. All teams compete at the state level.
All challenge solutions will be videotaped by the team and uploaded for the appraisers to score.
No team meetings at the school. Meeting will be held at a team member's home or virtually.
Team meetings will adhere to social distancing and masks for all in attendance.
All team managers will have a background completed through DI before the first meeting. This cost is included with the team number.
What is DI?
Destination ImagiNation is a worldwide creative problem-solving competition for kids. Teams of 6-7 members work together to use creativity and critical thinking skills to solve challenges without assistance from adults or any other non-team members. Students develop leadership, performing, writing, technical, building and teamwork skills as they develop creative solutions! The team chooses one out of six Team Challenges to solve over a 12–16 week period and then presents their solution at a regional tournament. The team also solves one Instant Challenge at the tournament. Each Team Challenge is designed to be open-ended and solvable in many ways and on many levels.
Challenge A: Technical/Mechanical
Challenge B: Theater Arts/Science
Challenge C: Theater Arts/Fine Arts
Challenge D: Theater Arts/Improvisation
Challenge E: Structural & Architectural Design
Challenge F: Service Learning
What does a DI season look like?
A typical DI season starts in October when teams are formed. Teams meet once a week for an hour or more. Teams meet after school or on the weekends. Individual teams determine when, where, and how often to meet. In January, as the Regional Tournament date approaches, teams tend to meet more often or for longer periods of time. In a "typical season", the team will compete at the Regional Tournament in February. If a team does well, they may advance to the Virginia State Tournament in April and possibly the Global Finals Tournament in May. This year all teams will compete at the state level with a videotaped challenge solution.
Who is on a team?
Each team must have at least 1 adult Team Manager and up to 7 students. Teams compete against other teams at their level within their Region at the tournament. Teams are designated as Elementary Level (Grades 3-5), Middle Level (grades 6-8), Secondary Level (grades 9-12), Grades K-2 are Rising Stars. Teams can have students from different levels, but will compete at the level of the oldest student (e.g. a team of 5th/6th graders will be a Middle-Level team).
How can my child participate?
Register online. The number of parent volunteers willing to be team managers will determine how many teams can be formed. The more volunteers, the more teams.
What experience do I need to be a Team Manager?
No prior experience is needed!
Team Managers attend a training session given by the DI Coordinator, a training given by the local DI board of directors and you will receive amazing materials from DI! There are also workshops for your team to help them build their skills. TMs act as facilitators to the team, making sure the kids are making progress in solving the challenge and preparing for the tournament. Remember, Team Managers don’t solve the challenge, the kids do! TMs facilitate team meetings and also prepare Instant Challenges for the kids to practice at team meetings. It can be helpful to have two TMs for a team, or a TM and an Assistant TM. 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!
What happens at the tournament?
This year, there will be no regional tournament. All teams will compete on the state level. All challenge solutions will be videotaped. During in-person tournaments, teams compete in their level with other teams from around the Tidewater area in two competition categories:
TEAM CHALLENGE: A team will select a Team Challenge to solve in advance of the tournament. The students will prepare their solution/performance in the months leading up to the tournament. The students must solve the challenge themselves, with no assistance (interference) from anyone (parents/friends/Team Managers/etc.). At in-person tournaments, teams will deliver a performance/presentation of their solution (up to 8 minutes) to a group of appraisers. This year, the team will videotape their solution for appraisers to score. The Team Challenge is 75% of their final score.
INSTANT CHALLENGE: At an in-person 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 thinking-on-their-feet skills to produce a solution, usually in a period of five to eight minutes! Teams practice many different Instant Challenges in advance to prepare for this part of the competition. This year, the IC will be given just prior to the tournament date and the solution will be videotaped. The Instant Challenge is 25% of their final score.
How much does this cost?
The registration fee is $65 per student. Payment is expected at the first meeting, once your child has been placed on a team.