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Creativity News - Volume 7, Number 5 (01/03/2014)


Encourage Good Ideas

   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:

  • Identify a problem or opportunity
  • Evaluate resources and current skills and knowledge
  • Work together using technology, past experience, and collective goals to craft an innovative solution.
  • Generate a large number of ideas and continually evaluate them to produce a unique and novel approach to the problem.

To integrate these into a classroom it is suggested that teachers:

  • Provide opportunities for students to collaborate daily on everyday challenges
  • Provide a variety of ways for students to demonstrate understanding before and after they work in groups.
  • Use tools that encourage thinking and creativity such as concept mapping and recording of ideas.
  • Use more collaboration and self-directed learning in place of direct instruction.


  • Stress to students that DI tests creativity, not intellect.
  • Make certain .that students understand what they' will be scored on and what the rules say they may not do. Sometimes they get carried away with an idea and exceed the limitations.
  • Brainstorming is extremely important in preparing for spontaneous problems. The more often you get the students together to brainstorm, the better. Sometimes it is the instant challenge that breaks a tie.
  • Make your meeting times consistent and require their attendance. Idle threats will get you nowhere.

Do you have your own team management tip you think is important and would like to share? We would like to publish it in our next newsletter. Please send us tips that have worked for you.

Tournament Registration and Dates

     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) too. 

     South Central; Regional tournament will be February 22 at Whittier School in Bozeman.  The Southwest Regional Tournament will be March 1 in Darby.  The Affiliate Finals will be March 22 in Manhattan.

Alumni Spotlight

     Paige Ostahowski is currently an EMT working on an ambulance in Missoula. She is in the process of obtaining her paramedic license as well as, spending time in Missoula hospitals to gain more experience. Paige is also trying out photography She finds that in all these activities, creativity is an important part of learning and innovation.

     It was through DI and similar programs that she initially gained the love for creative endeavors. She loved all the aspects of DI from brainstorming ways to make a self-propelled vehicle or creating musical numbers for a performance. Paige has found that through DI she was practicing skills that would aid her throughout her life.  Public speaking, teamwork, and leadership are among the skills that were cultivated and reinforced by participating in DI.  Before joining DI, she had a hard time getting up in front of people to perform; after being part of a DI team, she felt her confidence increase ten-fold. DI was an important part of growing-up, and now as a volunteer, she is able to see the confidence of young people as they grow and take pride in all their hard work. 

     Remember, we’re always interested in hearing about any alumni stories, successes, and achievements! We would like to spotlight Montana Alum.  Their stories help tell the DI story! Tell us what your alumni are doing now. Send your stories to

College Scholarships

     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

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If cannot find the answer to a question about the Rules of the Challenge or Rules of the Road, they need to consider asking for a Clarification. A Clarification is a statement that explains the boundaries of a rule or requirement. A team may ask questions of the International Challenge Masters.  Keep in mind the following before asking for a clarification:

1) Read the published clarifications for your challenge before asking your own question.

2) You may only ask ten Clarification questions.  Therefore, you should Prioritize your questions.

3) Your questions will not be shared with any other team.

4) The deadline for requesting Clarifications is February 15.

5) Bring any Clarifications you received to each tournament to make sure the Appraisers are aware of the answer to your question(s).

Instant Challenge:

Going FishingChallenge: Your TASK is to make a fishing pole and line using the materials provided. Then you will put as many "fish weights" as possible on the line.Time: You will have 6 minutes to use your IMAGINATION to construct the pole and test it, and 1 minute to add the weights.Procedure:Part One, 6 minutes. Use the materials to construct a pole that will stretch out from the table as far as possible. The pole must extend at least 12 inches beyond the table. The end of the pole will be attached or held to the table. You must attach the line to the far end of the pole. The "fish weights" will be attached to the line. You may test your pole and line during Part One. Your test weights will need to be removed at the end of Part One.Part Two, 1 minute. Attach the "fish weights" to the line one at a time. Weight attachment must stop, if the pole breaks or if the line or weights on the line touch the floor or one minute is up.Materials:1 sheet 8-1/2" x 11" paper, 10 pieces spaghetti, 10 straws, 10 toothpicks 12" length of string, 2 adhesive labels, 25 clothes pins "fish weights" used only to test the structureScoring: You will receiveA. 2 points for every inch the pole extends past the edge of the tableB. 3 points for each fish weight held by the line without touching the floor or breaking the line or poleC. Up to 20 points for how creatively or effectively you use the materialsD. Up to 20 points for how well your team works togetherUsed by permission from Students for a Creative Iowa,

Date Published: 
Fri, 01/03/2014