Destination Imagination

2020-2021 Chairs: Tracy Qin and Ujvala Pereira

di@medinapta.org 

 

 Destination Imagination is a team-based program that encourages students to be creative, to think outside of the box, and to collaborate in a variety of unique challenges. 

 

IMPORTANT: All students will need a personal device that supports Zoom to participate in remote team meetings. BSD-issued laptops block all video-conferencing platforms and unapproved web content, including all formats of Zoom. If you have any questions or need any support, please contact pta@medinapta.org

 

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DI Overview + Info Night

DI is a team-based program. Each team has 2-7 students, plus one parent volunteer who acts as the Team Manager.

 

This year, there are seven challenge types for teams to choose from: Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning (Rising Star). All challenges are suitable for both in-person and virtual teams. For more information, check out the 2020-2021 Challenge Previews and First Look PDF here.

 

Want to learn more about Destination Imagination?

 

Join us for our virtual DI Information Night on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 7:30pm.

Zoom Link

 

 


Why DI?

Each year, more than 150,000 students across the world participate in the Destination Imagination Challenge Experience. Hear firsthand from parents about DI’s impact on their kids’ lives.

 

 

 

 

Source: www.destinationimagination.org 

 


participate in DI: How to Start

  1. Read the FAQ to understand student time commitments and parental involvement.
  2. Form a team (2-7 students, 1 parent team manager)
    • View or add your information to the DI Interest Sign-Up to connect with parents of other interested students. For privacy, this sign-up is restricted to PTA members only.
    • You can inquire if existing DI teams need new team members.
    • Your child can ask classmates and buddies who might be good fits to establish a team
    • For additional help, please email di@medinapta.org
  3. Register on the PTA website
    • The paid DI Team Kit will be provided to your team right after registration. It includes your Team Number, full challenge documents, Rules of the Road, and Instant Challenge Practice Set.
  4. Start your first team meeting
    • The Guide to Team Manager: Roadmap will be provided to each DI Team Manager.
  5. Choose a Challenge Type

Registration

Registration opens: Monday, November 2, 2020 at 3pm

 

Registration closes: Friday, December 11, 2020 

 

Team Manager Registration: Team Managers, please register your child using the Team Manager registration form.* 

 

General Registration: Please complete the general registration form once you have formed your DI team. Your registration is confirmed only after payment is received.

 

Club fees: $165*

Fees cover the DI Challenge Program Team Kit (including Team number, Full challenge documents, Rules of the Road, and Instant Challenge Practice Set), regional tournament fees, team materials, a DI team T-shirt, and general operating expenses.**

 

*Team Managers generally receive one complimentary tuition for their child. One Team Manager per DI team. Large teams may be able to have two Team Managers with approval from the DI Chairs: please email di@medinapta.org for approval. Depending on enrollment, Team Managers of small teams (2 or 3 students) may be asked to pay 50% tuition in order to help cover their team's costs.

 

**Additional fees apply if you qualify for and choose to compete in other tournaments, such as DI State and Global Finals.

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours are expected from a kid during an entire DI season?

Teams are encouraged to meet online once or twice per week starting in November. Each team meeting lasts about two hours. There may be additional offline, hands-on individual work time depending on the solution that a team comes up with.

 

Teams may increase meetings and/or individual work time as tournaments approach.

 

What will the 2020-2021 DI season look like?

 

How can parents be involved? What are some of the different roles?

  • Team Manager
  • Volunteer Appraiser at the Regional or State Tournament
  • Support Volunteer at the Regional or State Tournament
  • Snack Parent
  • Instant Challenge Parent
  • Errand Parent 

 


Support and resources for Team Managers

Medina DI will host monthly Team Manager meetings to support new TMs and boost the Medina DI community. In the meetings, we will have experienced DI Team Managers share:

  • good practice,
  • things you need to be aware of,
  • ways to unify the effort for tournament registration, and
  • materials for Instant Challenges.

WA DI resources for Team Managers can be found here: https://www.wa-di.org/for-team-managers.html 

 


Past Years

We are the only PTA in the Bellevue School District offering a DI program. Over the past few years, Medina DI teams have achieved exceptional results in WA DI. We've had 30-50 families participate in DI every year, and quite a few teams have won Regional & State Championships across all of the challenge types, qualifying them to compete in DI Global Finales.

 

2019-2020

The 2019-2020 season of Destination Imagination (DI) was wrapped up in the Virtual Closing Celebration of Global Finals 2020 held on July 16-17, 2020 (https://www.globalfinals.org/). The Medina DI team achieved historic highs in DI Global Finals 2020 and created a new best record.

  • The Flaming Eiffel Team won 2nd place in Global Finals 2020 virtual Central Team Challenge, among 2,200 submissions from 16 countries. Their total score was 183.72, and they were the only Washington state team that made it into the Top 10 at the Elementary Level. The Flaming Eiffel team also won 4th place in the virtual Instant Challenge 3.
  • The Electro Einstein team won 19th place in the split site of virtual Instant Challenge 3.

For the 2019-2020 season, Medina had nine strong DI teams prepared with creative solutions for the tournaments in March. As with all other programs, the in-person tournaments in March were cancelled due to Covid-19. 

 

 

2018-2019

Medina teams won 50% of the DI categories in the WA State Tournament, and made it to Global Finales representing WA state in May, 2019.

  • Technical Challenge: Aero Einstein Team (4th grade) State 1st place, made to Global Finales 2019.
  • Improvisation Challenge: Imaginators Team (5th grade) State 1st place, made to Global Finales 2019.
  • Engineering Challenge: Pisa Party Team (5th grade) State 1st place, made to Global Finales 2019.
  • Engineering Challenge: Out of the Box Team (5th grade) Regional 3rd place.
  • Service Learning: The A-mazing Team (4th grade) Regional 2nd place.

For the 2018-2019 season, Medina had 10 total DI teams participating in almost all the challenge categories.

 

 

 

 

Questions? Email di@medinapta.org