Josh Diamond – NYDI Eastern Regional Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
- My background: Software Engineer and consultant, when not doing Destination Imagination
- Involved in DI since 2006, when my son Max started in the program, as a 5th grader doing our Improv Challenge
- My wife, Zhanna, was the Team Manager – but DI seemed rather abstract and confusing to me until the team reached the NY State Finals – and then I was hooked!
- Huge breakthroughs for Max in his confidence, in how he interacted with his peers, and in what he could achieve.
- It is now 9 years later, and both Max and and my younger son, N'yoma, have competed at Global Finals (Max 4 times, and N'yoma three times).
- I have moved from confused parent to Team Manager, on to Croton DI coordinator, and then onto the NYDI board first as Webmaster, and now as Eastern Regional Director.
- Who is here? Adminstration / Teachers / Parents / etc.?
- What do you already know about Destination Imagination?
How it Works:
- Question: What does the typical Elementary or Middle school classroom look like?
- Sage on a stage?
- More interactive?
- Differentiated instruction for each student, or perhaps for identified groups of students?
- Who has ownership of the student's learning? The student, or the instructor?
- Flipped Classroom concept: Student learn content using books, video, or other interactive tools at home, and then receive personalized feedback and assistance from the teacher in the classroom.
- Instead of flipping how time is used, Destination Imagination flips the role of teacher vs. student.
- Students are all given a fixed task to accomplish
- We do not specify much detail about which tools or techniques should be used to accomplish the task...
- ...but each Challenge is designed with a set of "points of interest" – or learning outcomes – in mind.
- Kids want to solve the challenge – so they seek out sources for the required skills or knowledge needed to succeed.
- Team Managers don't instruct or direct - they faciliate the operation of the team, and support the team in finding skills training when they request it
- End results:
- Students are engaged in learning in a fundamentally different way – driven not by external standards, but by their own imagination brought forth to solve the challenge.
- Students have ownership of the process
- The teams success is wholly their own
- The Challenges:
- Team Challenge:
- Central Challenge
- A long form problem to be solved over the course of 5-7 months, created by Destination Imagination.
- 7 types: Techincal, Fine Arts, Scientific, Improvisation, Structural, Service Learning, and Rising Stars (Early Learning)
- Regardless of type, every Challenge has a "story" component, which is part of the team's presentation
- Each challenge has a well-defined maximum budget for items used in the actual presentation
- Team Choice Elements – Team-selected add-ons to the Central Challenge which allow them to show off their unique skills, workmanship, etc.
- Central Challenge
- Instant Challenge – A short form problem presented to the team and solved within about 8 minutes.
- Types: Task Based, Performance, or Hybrid
- Team Challenge:
- Team Manager Training
- I/C Fiesta
- NYDI Tournaments – Where teams come to show off their solutions, and receive feedback and recognition for excellence
- Global Finals – Destination Imagination's international tournament – the "olympics" of Creative Problem Solving
Let's Solve An Instant Challenge:
- Knock It Off: Task Based
- Mix Up in the Factory: Hybrid
- Tower or Bridge: Task Based
Let's Watch a Performance Video:
- Program Materials:
- Published each year in mid-summer
- All 7 Challenges
- Rules of the Road – the detailed rules governing the program
- Roadmap – a guide for Team Managers, includes sample Instant Challenges, meeting plans, scheduling guide, etc.
- Usually form in the early fall, or sometimes late summer
- Competitive teams may have no more than 7 members per team.
- There are no limitations on Rising Stars teams
- Five levels of competition: Rising Stars, Elementary, Middle, Secondary and University
- Each team must have at least one adult Team Manager
- There are no limitations on how teams are sponsored – tell us how you want to do it, and we will support you!
- Team Managers:
- No pre-requisites other than participating in our Team Manager Training program
- Sometimes Team Managers are teachers...
- ...but mostly Team Managers are just parents who care about bringing this program to the kids!
What Does it Cost and How Do We Pay For It:
- Basic cost per team for a BOCES participating school is projected to be $442 for the 2015-16 program year.
- Team Manager Training and Mentoring Program
- Instant Challenge Fiesta (in January)
- NYDI Eastern Regional Tournament registration (March 5th, 2016)
- NY Affiliate Finals registration – if invited (April 2016)
- Not included:
- The cost of materials needed to solve the Challenge (note overall out-of-pocket expense will probably exceed the defined Challenge budget).
- Lodging at tournaments
- Global Finals is a separate cost:
- Held in Knoxville, TN at the University of Tennessee and Knoxville Convention Center
- Registration cost is approximately $700 per attendee – for team members, managers, and spectators alike
- Team is responsible for transportation costs to Knoxville
- Start your fundraising in September if you expect to attend Global Finals!