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What is Destination Imagination?
Groups of 2-7 kids of similar age form a team, choose a STEAM-based Challenge, and work collaboratively over a period of a few months on solutions to that challenge.
What's different this year?
Destination Imagination challenge writers have worked hard to create team challenges that can be solved and presented remotely OR in person, depending on how your team, "learning pod" or study group is meeting.
Get started with Instant Challenges
Central Challenges will be released later than normal this year (Nov), but in the meantime, your team or group can stay engaged by practicing Instant Challenges.
Joining A Team 2020-21 Season
The cost is $75 per student ($50 for students whose parents help manage the team).
Make DI checks payable to: Shrewsbury Public Schools - DI Fund. [Please make sure the bold letters to the left are on the Pay To: section of the check.]
Send checks to: Eric Craft, 70 Bay View Dr, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. Be sure to include your student's name in the memo section of the check.
Please note that this fee is in addition to the school activity fee which is $50 for Sherwood Middle School, $75 for Oak Middle School, and $100 for Shrewsbury High School. This fee is only required once and covers all activities for the school year. This fee may be paid through PowerSchool.
Teams will be formed by filling out the Team Registration Form. You will need 1 manager and at least 2 student participants [ideally > 4 participants and less than 7] to form a team. The managers and appraisers may be parents or experienced DI alumni over the age of 18 (high school level for assistant manager). After you have assembled your team, fill out the Team Registration Form [one per team]. Each student needs to have the Student Registration Form filled out. Team numbers will be assigned at a later time after all team members have paid. Managers must complete background checks before materials are available to teams.
For common questions, please review the FAQ section of this website.
After the team registration form is completed and Eric Craft has recieved all checks for the team, the challenge packets will be available for download.
No Interference - what does it mean?
The hallmark of DI is “no interference.” Kids work completely independently on creative ideas and trial-and-error solutions to challenges.Parents do not assist with costumes, props, scripts, or ideas.The result is teams of kids proud of their independent accomplishments!
Our Scientific Challenge blends the curiosity of scientific research with the creative expression of performance art.
What if you could break a scientific law? This year, your team will create a documentary showing what the world would witness when a scientific law is broken.
The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.
Your team will go on an adventure in a video game, using technical methods to design a team-created tool to win an ultimate prize!
Our Engineering Challenge asks students to design, build, and test load-bearing structures created from specific materials.
Stay tuned for the Engineering Challenge sneak peek!
Our Fine Arts Challenge helps students develop acting and creative skills through artistic media, theater arts, scriptwriting, and prop design.
Production techniques can make anything possible! This year, your team will mash together music and literature to create a music video.
Our Improvisational Challenge is all about research, spontaneity, and storytelling. Teams receive topics and produce skits right on the spot.
Stay tuned for the Improv Challenge sneak peek!
Our Service Learning Challenge is designed to engage students in public service that addresses real-life community issues.
Your team will create a podcast that tells a story to highlight the amazing project you designed to meet a community need.
Rising Stars (K-2)
Rising Stars offers simple experiences with the creative process, giving kids a place to work together and make new friends.
Your team will create a picture book about critters going on an adventure and share it in a team-created video!
Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking.
In a world with growing cultural connections, increased levels and types of communication, and a new need for real-time teamwork and problem solving, the ability to solve problems quickly is becoming increasingly critical.
The team members must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution in a period of just five to eight minutes.
Instant Challenges are performance-based, task-based, or a combination of the two. Although each Instant Challenge has different requirements, all Instant Challenges reward teams for their teamwork.
Calendar of Events
Destination Imagination is a creativity program that allows students the opportunity to solve open ended team challenges. Each team will pick a challenge that they would like to tackle. The team manager acts only as a meeting facilitator. Each team member takes on a role for the meeting or the entire project. The team must develop a list of ideas, select the best idea, develop a plan, implement the plan, develop a story, usually with some sort of props, and present the story/solution.
Team member must do all of this while also practicing good team work and showing off their unique skills. This is an opportunity for them to really do what they love while building life long skills.
The Shrewsbury DI program form teams – Rising Stars (grades 1-2), Elementary (grades 3-5), Middle (grades 6-8), High School (9-12)
Teams are formed with up to seven students and two parent volunteer team managers. The exception is Rising Stars teams, they may have more than seven members. Student Registration Form and the Team Registration Form will be needed to form a team. Existing teams may fill out the team registration form earlier. The team manager must get a background check with Destination Imagination and the school requires a CORI check. The manager will get an email to perform the background check.
Team managers are parents who volunteer to coordinate and lead team meetings and there are DI manager training sessions. Please fill out the team registration form to be a manager.
Every team member must be committed to attending the Regional Competition. This takes place in late Feb/Early March. Exact date will be out soon. Throughout the season, the teams will be expected to meet every week. Time commitment varies per team but typically a two-hour minimum weekly commitment is expected (sometimes less for K-2 teams). Be aware that most teams opt to step-up their meeting times as the competition approaches.
The DI season runs from September through Spring, though many teams do not start meeting until October/November. Regional competition takes place in March. The March day is a full-day commitment for all children. A few teams will move on to advanced competitions in April/May.
The challenges of “Central Challenges” are published in August and fall into one of several categories:
Robotics, Performance, Improvisation, Structural Engineering and/or Science. Each challenge requires some performance as well as fulfillment of several criteria such as building sets, creating special effects and writing scripts. The performance is a chance for the team to present their solution to a panel of judges and audience.
Yes, please see this form. Drop off at the town hall or your school office.
Yes, here is a resource.
Yes it does!
Meeting duration recommendation:
- Rising Stars: 1 hour
- Grades 3 and above: 1.5 - 2 hours
- Also, consider town library or rotating through student's houses (if team members agree).
Each individual team will decide what the best meeting time is for them. When the teams are assigned we will also share the "free times" applicants had mentioned in the enrollment form.
The town coordinator (Eric Craft) will register the team. The following information is required:
- The team challenge your team has chosen.
- All team members on your team (spelled correctly)
- Team manager names (spelled correctly)
- Your appraiser name.
In general, it works well if each parent can contribute $40 towards the project cost and instant challenge materials. Most challenges have a budget of $150. This would leave extra for supplies that may be used to create items in the presentation, but that do not need to be put on the budget.
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I find that telling the team about roles is a good way to help them stay focused.
Meeting leader - has a list of topics that need to be covered that meeting
Time keeper - helps the leader keep on track
Scribe - takes notes of team actions during the meeting (could have more than one)
Appraiser - someone who watches the instant challenge and gives the team feedback on team work and helps to score the points
Materials manager - keeps track of materials for instant challenges and for the project as a whole
Decision maker - when there is gridlock for a decision, this person can help move things along / resolve conflicts
Designer - someone who will actively create ideas, get the ball rolling for doing a task
Yes, most definitely. High school students have different ways of participating:
- Start a team. The teams follow the same rules as all the other levels. DI is a great thing to put on your college resume. You build skills in teamwork, leadership, problem solving, creativity, and organization. You can also develop great friendships that will grow through working together. You can also create something you are proud of without anyone else telling you how it should be.
- Become a manager. Helping a younger team succeed is a very fulfilling way to spend your time. It will be challenging, but you can certainly be proud when you get to the tournament. The other good thing about it is that being a manager counts for volunteer hours.
There are also scholarships available for graduating seniors.
Each team teams one (ideally two) team managers. Like Scout Masters, team managers host team meetings. Adults are NOT allowed to generate ideas or help the team solve the challenges in any way. Instead, the manager acts as a guide, keeping the team on track and moving forward. Team Managers are provided with a detailed guide to use throughout the year, so you don’t have to develop activities on your own.
Team manager time commitment averages about 5 hours a week, including meeting time, prep, and communication, but some managers spend more time. With two managers to a team, however, the work can be split.
Being a team manager is highly rewarding. It’s a chance to work with kids as they get excited about a project and take initiative on their own. Children develop their roles as leaders, rule-minders, builders, and imagineers. You’ll be seeing your child in a very different light and supporting their intellectual growth. Adults who had their parents as team managers when they were children say it’s part of the close bond they feel even today.
Parents need to return a DI registration form, with the fee of $75. Students in grades 5th grade and up need to pay the school activity fee (which covers all activities in the school year). There is help available for students in the free or reduced lunch program. Students at Sherwood or Oak need to pay $50 and Shrewsbury High School students need to pay $100. The activity fee can be paid in power school and will cover all activities for the year.
Project costs are split among the students and are typically $150 or less per team.
Here are a few sites you may use:
Here are some instant challenges for this year.
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