The Montana Affiliate Destination Imagination tournament was a tremendous display of creativity, problem-solving, and fun. Teams found hidden object, Others ventured into extreme environments protected by team designed gear. Live comic strip shows introduced us to artwork by famous artists. Teams who enjoy acting improvised skits about how characters from the past and the present overcame a Pandemonium. Other teams discovered how to build a structure with wood, glue and fishing line to be tested by pressure and tension. Finally the Rising Stars! teams performed 3 act circuses about balance and geometric shapes. Check out the MTDI Image Gallery and like the Montana Destination Imagination Facebook page to see pictures of this year's teams.
Teams had the opportunity to play the Think Fun Big Games while they waited for the results to be processed.
This past year Montana Destination Imagination awarded one $500 scholarship. The recipient was Andrew Honken from Frenchtown. He has applied to Montana State University, University of Montana, Cornell University, Carroll College, and the University of Oregon. Andrew plans to pursue medicine or engineering.
The Montana Destination Imagination scholarships are sponsored by the Student Assistance Foundation of Montana. The forms for the 2014-2015 scholarships are will be posted on the scholarship page at the beginning of October. The deadline is for applying is February 1, 2015. Please encourage any Montana student who has participated for 2 years in a program sponsored by Montana DI to apply for of this scholarship.
This year 20 teams chose to solve one of the seven Destination Imagination Challenges. In addition to the DI challenges officials and parents encountered the challenges that winter weather poses. This was the first year that we have had to cancel a regional tournament due to snow, blizzards, and icy roads. Therefore, 8 of our teams will be maiking their first presention of their challenge solutions for score at the Affiliate Finals on March 22, 2014, in Manhattan.
This year teams discovered:
The Affiliate Tournament is just around the corner. As your team does its final rehearsals have them consider some of the following in terms of the scores on the subjective elements of their solution or what they should do in a Performance Based Instant Challenge.
Appraisers like performances in which a clean beginning, middle, and end in the performance clearly presents the required elements. This will score higher than one with lots of unexplained confusion. Sometimes less is more.
Unless the team is really good at setting up the situation, subtlety is lost on appraisers. Regardless of how well you pointed out a scored element on the Tournament Data Form, if the appraisers don’t see it/ hear it during the performance, the team will miss out on valuable points.
The object of the Destination Imagination competition is to have teams select challenges from the six challenges offered this year and compare their creative solutions at a tournament event. Once the team selects the challenge and begins discussing ideas, it takes ownership of the solution. All the ideas, all the materials, all the construction, all the script/song writing, all the performance is the product of the team members. The unique beauty of DI is that the kids have to do it all.
We need creative and critical thinkers. To help students develop these skills it is important to value the sharing of good ideas. Too often classrooms focus more on proficiency and outcome based learning that generating good ideas to form creative solutions.
It is important for students to learn how to:
To integrate these into a classroom it is suggested that teachers:
Whether it is a DI team or a group working on a specific project it is wise to make sure your team has the following attributes in order to build a creative culture.
Creativity can happen anywhere, anytime. It’s likely that we let a lot of creativity slip through our fingers simply because we’re not watching for it.
The October ASCD Newsletter urges us to design a creative environment where creativity can flourish without being trapped. Here are some of the ways to coax creativity from your team members:
Here is the link to this year's Challenge Previews.
Regional tournaments will be at the end of February and beginning of March. The Affiliate Finals will be March 22, 2014 at Manhattan. Since tournaments are held in public schools, specific dates and locations will be announced in mid October.
Montana DI is planning ghoulishly creative problem solving events for students to experience DI in October. Watch school newsletters, the MTDI Facebook, and the MTDI website for dates, times, registration forms and more information about these events in Bozeman, Belgrade, Missoula, and Darby.
Elementary students in Bozeman, Belgrade and Missoula areas will work to solve up to five Instant Challenges at Creaturz Cache.
Belgrade Area Elementary (Grades K-5) Registration Form Registration Deadline: October 3. Event: Saddle Peak Elementary - October 10.
Bozeman Area Elementary (Grades K-5) Registration Form Registration Deadline: October 8. Event: Lindley Park Center - October 15.
Missoula Area Elementary (Grades K-5) Registration Form Registration Deadline: October 15. Event: National Guard Armory - October 24.
Middle school students in Bozeman and Belgrade are invited for a night of Zombie Apocalypse.
Belgrade Area Middle School (Grades 6-8) Registration Form Registration Deadline: October 3. Event: Belgrade Middle School - October 11.
Bozeman Area Middle School (Grades 6-8) Registration Form Registration Deadline: October 8. Event: Gallatin County Fairgrounds Bldg. #1 - October 16.
In Darby the Apocaypse will be a lock-in event for middle and high school students from Missoula and Ravalli counties.
Missoula-Darby Area Middle & High School Lock In Registration Form Registration Deadline: October 15. Event: Darby School - October 25.
If you don’t live near one of these events, call Heather Geiger 406-285-3777 to find out how teams in your area can try DI before committing to the full Destination Imagination program.