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.
Having individuals who fill these roles will help your team to have a healthy attitude toward solving their challenge, avoid bumps along the way, and make team meetings productive and enjoyable.
If you are a novice Team Manager, you are beginning to understand how difficult it is to get results without telling your team members exactly how to solve the challenge. How do you turn on the creativity. Generating ideas and brainstorming is not as easy as it sounds!
The first thing you need to remember about brainstorming is that it does have rules. When considering ideas remember these guidelines:
Ideas may be hard to find if you don’t have a reference point from which to start. It’s like reaching into a black hole. Asking your team to come up with 100 ideas for a story could become a very discouraging exercise unless you have some tricks up your sleeve. Getting to know some of your team’s favorite (or least favorite) subjects could save some valuable time. Favorite TV show? If we asked your favorite cartoon character to be a on our team, what ideas would she have for a theme ? Favorite sport? How would your favorite team solve this technical challenge? Least favorite food? What sorts of challenges does your least favorite food have to overcome to be included on your menu?
Avoid Interference penalties. Keep your questions general and avoid asking questions that lead the team to your own solution. Remember that your team cannot use specific ideas that you bring forward. The acid test for Interference: if the Team Challenge solution looks anything like you personally envisioned, you probably had too much influence.
We have posted pictures of the Creativity Nights on our Facebook page. Please like the MTDI page at https://www.facebook.com/MontanaDI
Montana DI Alumni who participated in Destination Imagination for two years or more qualify for three college Scholarships. Check out the Montana DI Website to learn more about these scholarships and how to apply for them. MTDI will award one scholarship to a high school senior and one to a Montana High School graduate who is currently pursuing a post High School degree. Make sure your alumni know about these scholarships. Deadlines: February 1 and February 15. Please let qualified students and your local high school guidance counselors know about these scholarships. The scholarships are funded by Student Assistance Foundation of Montana
The online tournament registration form is available on the Montana Destination ImagiNation Website. Make sure you create a log-in before trying to register your team.
Don’t forget to register your appraiser(s).
Regional tournaments will be at the end of February 22 and March 1 (locations to be determined). The Affiliate Finals will be March 22, 2014 in Manhattan.
Teach your team good listening skills. These are important during times when they are working on generating and focusing ideas as well as when they do Instant Challenges.
All in Activity:This is an effective activity that builds up creativity and cooperation among kids.Ropes of different lengths - five feet, ten feet, fifteen feet and twenty feet are required. Tie the ends of each rope forming a circle. Ask an entire group of kids to get inside the circle formed by the rope, without a single body part being outside the circle. Start the game with the twenty feet rope.Once they have achieved that successfully, ask them to get inside the circle formed by the fifteen foot long rope, and so on, until they get to the smallest circle. As the circles get smaller, it gets increasingly difficult for them to get inside, and they will need to get creative and cooperative to complete the task.http://www.buzzle.com/articles/team-building-activities-for-kids.html Instant Challenge: Ping Pong Raft:Challenge: Create an object that is able to move across a basin of water with air power.Problem: You must build an object using the provided materials. This object must move across the basin of water propelled by air. The object will receive bonus points for transporting ping-pong balls.Time: You have 5 minutes to design and build your object and 2 minutes to propel your object.Materials: Ping-pong balls, 15 straws, 10 toothpicks, Wallpaper trough or some basin filled with water, 12 inches of masking tape, 2 sheets 8-1/2 x 11 paper, scissors (may not be part of objects).The ping-pong balls may not be attached to the object.Score: