What makes up Destination Imagination?
Each team arranges meetings based on the schedules of the team members in collaboration with team families. Length of an average practice can vary based on the grade level of the team members:
Interested students register for Destination Imagination (DI) beginning in September through October. The process generally involves matching returning and new students together based on student preference, availability, and grade level as well as the willingness of adults to act as Team Managers. Teams may have as few as three or as many as seven team members. While we cannot promise that every interested student is placed on a team, we make every effort to ensure that students are placed on a team.
A team manager acts as a coach for the team. Because of the Non-Interference Policy, Team Managers cannot suggest or tell team members how to solve their challenge, but rather, they equip their team with skills to aide them in their creation of their solution. Team Managers are mentored and given training on how best to facilitate the creative process for their team.
Children may participate in Destination Imagination from Kindergarten through college, although Saline DI consists of students in grades K-12. Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade participate in Rising Stars, which is a non-competitive level designed to introduce younger students to DI. Children in 3rd grade and above are organized into teams at the Elementary Level (3-5th grade), Middle Level (6th-8th grade), and Senior Level (9-12th grade).
Teams begin meeting in late October to early November (and even as late as December for some high school teams). All teams present their Team Challenge at the Regional Tournament at Saline Middle School on March 18, 2017. Competition level teams (Elementary, Middle, and Senior Levels) that place in 1st through 3rd place in their team challenge advance to the State Tournament held at Central Michigan University, Saturday, April 8, 2017. At State Tournament, the top-three teams in each Challenge for each level advance to Global Finals, which is held at University of Tennessee, Knoxville May 24th through 27th.
See our cost summary for details on costs, refunds, and what is included.
Destination Imagination fosters the creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration of students working with students. While Team Managers provide assistance, it is only the team members who have the power to decide. Their first major team decision is their section of the Team Challenge.
If you are interested in coaching a DI team, please contact the Saline DI Program Coordinator at email@example.com. Team managers come from scientific, educational, engineering, or any of a variety of backgrounds. The only qualification for being a Team manager is a willingness to participate in the open-ended and creative process of DI. The majority of new teams start with Co-Managers, and it is suggested that new managers attend a half-day training session in November.
The following list is from Destination Imagination. More information for parents can also be found at www.destinationimagination.org.
First, we want to clarify, the rules are about not interfering with any part of the team’s solution to their Team Challenge. What does this mean? Simply:
Interference is any help or input from a non-team member
Parents have found not interfering to be somewhat challenging because, unlike other activities, there is no correct answer. The only rule (mostly) of DI is “If it doesn’t say you can’t, you can”. Here are some common situations to be aware of:
Region 2 Tournament
Saturday, March 18th
Saline Middle School
7190 N. Maple Rd.
Saline, MI 48176
Saturday, April 8th
Central Michigan University
1200 S. Franklin St.
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
May 24th through 27th
University of Tennessee
More information can be found
Email the SalineDI board at firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking “Contact Us” at the bottom of the page.