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Creativity News - Volume 5, Number 2 (11/22/2011)

Date Published: 
11/22/2011

In this issue:

Creativity News - Volume 5, Number 2 (11/22/2011)

Date Published: 
11/22/2011

Everyday Creative Problem Solving

Do you ever want a new way to do the same chore?   When you ever hit a roadblock in your project and do you know how to overcome it?  Have you ever had a number of choices and were not sure which one to choose?  These are all situations where knowing Creative Problem Solving Tools will help you come up with new ways to do something or narrow down your choices to one that is within budget or more manageable.

MTDI Newsletters will be published about once every 3 – 4 weeks.  Past Issues of Creativity News can be found at the Montana DI Website  www.mt-di.org

QUESTIONS: Send your questions to askmtdi@mt-di.org 

 

STATE DIRECTOR
Heather Geiger 
montanacq@mt-di.org 
2319 Kyd Rd., Three Forks, MT 59752
406-285-3777

 REGIONAL CONTACTS & DATES
Southwest Region Hamilton/Missoula 
Date and Location TBD

Tracie McCrossin

tmccrossin@darby.k12.mt.us

Connie Ackerman 
connieackerman@comcast.net 

 

Northwest Region Kalispell/Bigfork 
Date and Location TBD

Kate Dorfschmidt

kate@chrysalisschool.net 

 

South Central Region Helena/Bozeman 
Regional Tournament: March 3, 2012

Whittier School, Bozeman

Heather Geiger 
montanacq@mt-di.org  

 

North Central Region Great Falls/Shelby 
Date and Location TBD

Laura Jo McKamey 
ljmckamey@3rivers.net 

 

Southeast Region Billings/Hardin 
Regional Tournament: March 3, 2012

Whittier School, Bozeman

Heather Geiger 
montanacq@mt-di.org

For complete contact information go to the MTDI Contacts page

RULE OF THE WEEK :

Interference

Only team members may contribute ideas and create the Team Challenge and Team Choice Element solutions. Help from non-team members, including your Team Managers, is calledInterference.

It is not Interference for the team to be taught skills. In fact, it is the job of the Team Manager to facilitate the team members’ acquisition of skills. It is the job of the team to apply learned skills to a particular purpose or use in creating a Challenge solution.

The Challenge requirements and limitations, and the rules in Rules of the Road are the facts by which all must abide. Understanding them and internalizing them is the job of the team, the Team Manager and the Officials. What does the Challenge say? What does it say in Rules of the Road? What are the Published Clarifications? Let’s write for a Team Clarification! This is all learning that can be shared, should be shared, and is shared among teams, Team Managers and Officials.

 

Team Building Activity: 

MACHINE

Challenge: To create a living machine.

The team stands in a line with each person representing a part of a machine.  The first person begins a machine like motion.  The next person integrates his own mechanical motion with the movement of the first.  The rest add their motions in turn until the entire group is moving  as a machine.  The speed of the machine may be increased or decreased by any member of the group. 

Make speed changes gradually.  The activity ends with the machine slowly grinding to a halt.  Sound effects are permitted.  This may also be done in a circle so that there is no distinguishable beginning and end.

 

Creativity News - Volume 5, Number 1 (10/31/2011)

Date Published: 
10/31/2011

Begin the Journey

Are you wondering how to challenge those inventive students who like to "fool" around with ideas and come up with unique solutions?  Join parents and teachers all over the U.S. who are signing up their kids for Destination ImagiNation.  By participating in the DI team-based competitive tournaments, students can improve self-confidence and learn creative problem solving and critical thinking. Teaching students these skills is currently being promoted as a strategy for schools to reduce bullying, intimidation and harassment.

In this issue:

  • ·   Begin the Journey
  • ·   DI Launches Online Trainings
  • Tournament Dates
  • Alumni Spotlight
  • ·   College Scholarships
  • Rule of the Week
  • Team Building Activity
  • Instant Challenge

MTDI Newsletters will be published about once every 3 – 4 weeks. 

Past Issues of Creativity News can be found at the Montana DI Website  www.mt-di.org

 

QUESTIONS: Send your questions to askmtdi@mt-di.org 

 

STATE DIRECTOR Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org 2319 Kyd Rd. Three Forks, MT 59752 406-285-3777  REGIONAL CONTACTS Southwest Region Hamilton/Missoula Connie Ackerman connieackerman@comcast.net    Northwest Region Kalispell/Bigfork Dawn Ann Anderson andersond@sd5.k12.mt.us    South Central Region Helena/Bozeman Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org    North Central Region Great Falls/Shelby Laura Jo McKamey ljmckamey@3rivers.net    Southeast Region Billings/Hardin Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org

For complete contact information go to the MTDI Contacts page

 

RULE OF THE WEEK :

The D. I. Team Number

A Team Number allows your team to compete in sanctioned Tournaments and/or use the DI Team Challenges as well as the support and curriculum materials for educational demonstrations within your school or organization.  To participate in a sanctioned Tournament your team must hold a valid 2011-12 Team Number.

 

Team Building Activity: 

Tug of Togetherness 

Objective: To work together to accomplish a difficult task.

Materials: At least 10 feet of rope tied into a circle.

Activity: Lay the rope in a circle on the floor and have the team members sit around it and grab onto it.  Then have them all (as a group) try to stand up by pulling on the rope.  If anyone falls, the Group must start over again. 

Debrief:  What was needed from the team members to accomplish this task?

Remind the team that there is no I in the word "team".  It takes many types of skills and talents to get a well-rounded solution.  The TEAM develops the solution.

Variations:

Have the team stand holding the rope with both hands and then instruct them to make different shapes with the rope without letting go.  Do this with everyone outside the rope then with everyone inside the rope.

Have the team tie a knot in the rope without letting go.

 

Instant Challenge:

Foam Tower

Challenge:  The team must create a tower that is as tall as possible out of the available materials

Time:  The team has five minutes to plan and construct their tower.  The team may elect to call "time" early if they wish.

Materials:  2 cans of shaving cream

30 soda straws (with wrappers)

1 sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper

Tip:  To facilitate clean up have them build the tower on a large garbage bag or area covered with newspapers..  Remind them the garbage bag or newspapers are not to be part of the tower.

Creativity News - Volume 4, Number 4 (01/01/2011)

Date Published: 
01/01/2011

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.  Two of them are open to students currently in post-secondary education.  Make sure your alumni know about these scholarships.  Deadlines: February 1 and February 15.

Building a Solid Team

We can’t stress this enough: Destination ImagiNation is a team activity. It’s important to remember that great teams don’t just happen; they are created. New and returning teams benefit greatly when presented Instant Challenges and Team Building challenges that require lots of teamwork to complete. 

In this issue:

  • College Scholarships
  • Building a Solid Team
  • Choosing Instant Challenges that Require Teamwork
  • Tournament Dates
  • Alumni Spotlight
  • Rule of the Week
  • Team Building Activity
  • Instant Challenge

 MTDI Newsletters will be published about once every 2 – 3 weeks. 

QUESTIONS: Send your questions to askmtdi@mt-di.org

STATE DIRECTOR Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org 2319 Kyd Rd. Three Forks, MT 59752 406-285-3777 REGIONAL CONTACTS Southwest Region Hamilton/Missoula Connie Ackerman connieackerman@comcast.net    Northwest Region Kalispell/Bigfork Dawn Ann Anderson andersond@sd5.k12.mt.us    South Central Region Helena/Bozeman Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org    North Central Region Great Falls/Shelby Laura Jo McKamey ljmckamey@3rivers.net    Southeast Region Billings/Hardin Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org

For complete contact information go to the MTDI Contacts page

Team Building Activity: 

Team Card Tower

Objective: To work together to accomplish a difficult task.

Materials: One deck of playing cards.

Activity: The team's task is to build the highest tower of cards they can.  When building the tower, each person may use only one hand and must place the other hand behind his/her back.  The team must start over each time the cards fall.  It is a good idea to set a time limit for this activity.

Debrief:  What was needed from the team members to accomplish this task?

Was anyone frustrated at any time - how was it handled?

How important would your teammate's help have been if you all could have used two hands?

Variations:

Start with both hands, then halfway through switch to one hand and compare the difference.

Use your dominant hand part of the time and your other hand part of the time and compare the two.

Instant Challenge:

Mad Hatters

Part 1: In 3 minutes design 7 hats using only the materials provided.

Part 2: You will have 4 minutes to create a humorous skit using all 7 hats. Then you will have 2 minutes to perform the skit. 

Scene: Your team must create and perform a funny story using the hats that has a beginning, a middle and an end.

Materials: 7 sheets of newspaper

7 mailing labels

1 roll of toilet paper

Scoring:

A. Up to 5 points for creativity of each of the 7 hats

B. Up to 40 points for the creativity of the skit.

C. Up to 25 points for teamwork.

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Creativity News - Volume 4, Number 3 (12/10/2010)

Date Published: 
12/10/2010

Step by Step – Resource for Team Managers

So, you volunteered to be a Team Manager but you are not sure where to start or what to do!  Well, DI has an answer to your dilemma – Roadmap to Tournament.  This is a guidebook designed to help Destination ImagiNation (DI) Team Managers navigate their teams from the first meeting to tournament.  It includes:

  • tips to prepare for meetings
  • tools to help them generate and focus their ideas
  • teambuilding activities
  • instant challenges

Check it out.  Beware that it is a lengthy document and you may want to think twice before you print it.

So, where does your team start?

In this issue:

  • Step by Step - Resource for Team Managers
  • So, where does your team start?
  • Keeping It “Team Owned and Operated”
  • Tournament Registration & Dates
  • Alumni Spotlight
  • College Scholarships
  • Rule of the Week
  • Team Building Activity
  • Instant Challenge

MTDI Newsletters will be published about once every 2 – 3 weeks. 

Past Issues of DIscussions can be found at the Montana DI Website  www.mt-di.org

QUESTIONS: Send your questions to askmtdi@mt-di.org

STATE DIRECTOR Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org 2319 Kyd Rd. Three Forks, MT 59752 406-285-3777  REGIONAL CONTACTS Southwest Region Hamilton/Missoula Connie Ackerman connieackerman@comcast.net    Northwest Region Kalispell/Bigfork Dawn Ann Anderson andersond@sd5.k12.mt.us    South Central Region Helena/Bozeman Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org    North Central Region Great Falls/Shelby Laura Jo McKamey ljmckamey@3rivers.net    Southeast Region Billings/Hardin Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org

For complete contact information go to the MTDI Contacts page

RULE OF THE WEEK :

projectOutreach Challenge:

This challenge is only available to participants meeting the grade or age level requirements for Middle, Secondary or University Level.

While use of the Internet is NOT REQUIRED by this Challenge, if your team chooses to use the Internet in your solution, you must avoid dangerous behavior. You must protect your personal information and personal safety when using the Internet in any way. You may not use illegal or unethical practices in your solution such as hacking, spam, viruses, Trojan horses or worms. All online contact with people should be with implied or explicit permission from those being contacted.

Team Building Activity: 

Balloon Juggle & Sort Promotes gentle, fun physical movement, people getting to know one another, trust and working together.

Challenge participants to keep all balloons (1+ per person) in the air.  This gets the group moving and cooperating. Once they've got the hang of it, make it harder by adding in more balloons or placing restrictions e.g., no hands to keep balloons up.  Ask participants to keep juggling the balloons, but to sort them into colors (works best with large groups).

Instant Challenge:

Sounds Mechanical:

Present a PERFORMANCE in which your team is a mechanical device. For the purposes of this challenge, a “mechanical device” is a machine with different parts that work together to do a task. Time: You will have up to 3 minutes to use your IMAGINATION to plan your PERFORMANCE. You then will have up to 1 minute to present your PERFORMANCE. The Scene: Your team is a mechanical device. What task do you carry out? Part One (3 minutes): Create a PERFORMANCE where your team is a mechanical device. You will be given two copies of a sheet on which to write the task your mechanical device does. Write this task on both copies of the sheet. You may not talk to other team members during Part One. Give one copy of the sheet to the appraisers (parent) at the end of part one. Part Two (1 minute): Present your PERFORMANCE to the appraisers. You may not talk to other team members during Part Two. Each team member should make a repeated sound and do a repeated action that helps to do the task of the mechanical device.

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Creativity News - Volume 4, Number 2 (10/20/2010)

Date Published: 
10/20/2010

Need a Stimulus for Creativity?

Do you love creativity? Are you saddened that creativity is virtually ignored in the classroom? Need some external stimulation to get those creative juices flowing again? It’s time to discover www.Ted.com. This website has many, many videos that will inspire your brain to start using its creative side again! We will be directing you to ones we think you will enjoy like Where Good Ideas Come From but you find lots more that tickle your own personal creative muscles. These videos range from 3 minutes to an hour so you can get a quick fix or sit back with your feet up for a wonderful vacation for your mind.

What’s So Great About DI?

In this issue:

  • Need a Stimulus for Creativity
  • What’s So Great About DI
  • Team Recruiting Made Easy
  • Alumni Spotlight
  • College Scholarships
  • Rule of the Week
  • Team Building Activity
  • Instant Challenge

MTDI Newsletters will be published about once every 2 – 3 weeks. 

QUESTIONS: Send your questions to askmtdi@mt-di.org

STATE DIRECTOR Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org 2319 Kyd Rd. Three Forks, MT 59752 406-285-3777  REGIONAL CONTACTS Southwest Region Hamilton/Missoula Connie Ackerman connieackerman@comcast.net    Northwest Region Kalispell/Bigfork Dawn Ann Anderson andersond@sd5.k12.mt.us    South Central Region Helena/Bozeman Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org    North Central Region Great Falls/Shelby Laura Jo McKamey ljmckamey@3rivers.net    Southeast Region Billings/Hardin Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org

For complete contact information go to the MTDI Contacts page

 

RULE OF THE WEEK :

Team Managers - Your team must have at least one Team Manager of Record who is 18 years old or older. Your team may have one or more assistants, and Assistant Team Managers may be younger than 18.  All Team Managers and Assistant Team Managers must understand the rules of Interference and may not offer ideas or help in the development of the Team Challenge solution. Assistant Team Managers under the age of 18 may NOT accompany the team into the Instant Challenge competition site. A Team Manager cannot be a member of the team s/he is managing.

 

Team Building Activity: 

Card Triangles This is a negotiation activity in which work to find complete cards.  The purpose is for them to learn to see other perspectives before they can influence and persuade.

Cut 9 cards diagonally into 4 triangles each.  Mix the triangles well and place 18 triangles in two envelopes.  Divide the team into two groups and give each group one envelope of triangles.

Give them 2 minutes to examine their triangles and plan their strategy.  Then give them 4 minutes to barter with the other group to complete their cards.  This can be done with more teams and more cards.

Instant Challenge:

Invisible Band: Each team member must make the noise of an original instrument. You will have 3 minutes to plan an original song and the instruments you will use.  You will then have up to 2 minutes to perform the original song by combining the sounds of each of your individual instruments.

More Instant Challenges can be found by searching "Instant Challenge" on the Internet or for those of you with IPhones, IPads, or Droids Check out the new Instant Challenge App from Texas DI at http://texasdi.org/node/3065 .  It is only $1.99.

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Creativity News - Volume 4, Number 1 (09/18/2010)

Date Published: 
09/18/2010

Why Creative Problem Solving?

Each year the beginning of school marks a fresh start for children and families. It just feels like a time for change. Destination ImagiNation is all about new beginnings and change!  Creative problem solvers share knowledge and ideas to change the world for the long term; and who can argue with that?

STATE DIRECTOR Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org 2319 Kyd Rd. Three Forks, MT 59752 406-285-3777  REGIONAL CONTACTS Southwest Region Hamilton/Missoula Connie Ackerman connieackerman@comcast.net    Northwest Region Kalispell/Bigfork Dawn Ann Anderson andersond@sd5.k12.mt.us    South Central Region Helena/Bozeman Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org    North Central Region Great Falls/Shelby Laura Jo McKamey ljmckamey@3rivers.net    Southeast Region Billings/Hardin Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org

For complete contact information go to the MTDI Contacts page

 RULE OF THE WEEK :

Team Members - Your team may recruit up to seven team members but no more. Only the original team members (up to seven) are allowed to work on the Team Challenge solution. Your team may not add or replace team members after the total number of members has reached seven

 

 

Team Building Activity: 

ABC Hunt - Give the team a bag and instruct the to find 26 items(1 item that starts with each letter of the alphabet) and put them in the bag.  After this ask each person to select one item from the bang that they feel represents who they are as a person and share this with the team.  Then have the team select an item that they feel represents the whole team.

 

Instant Challenge:

Bedroom Mice:  You have found a mouse hole in your bedroom. Using imaginary items found in your bedroom create and present a skit about what would you do to prevent the mouse from getting in or out of his hole?

DIscussions - Volume 3, Number 3 (12/10/2009)

Date Published: 
12/10/2009

Register Your Teams

To make sure you and your team managers get all the information about workshops and tournaments please register your teams as soon as possible.  Even if they have not yet chosen a challenge, make sure you reigster them at the Montana DI Website as soon as possible.  You can always go in and update their challenge and the names of the team members.  You will need to log in first before you can register your teams(s).

To register your teams you will need the following information

In this Issue:

  • Register Your Teams
  • Understanding Your Challenge
  • Research and Team Meetings
  • Finding Resources
  • Helpful Books and Materials
  • Quote to Remember
  • Corporate Volunteerism & Grants

Past Issues of DIscussions can be found at the Montana DI Website www.mt-di.org

STATE DIRECTOR: Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org 2319 Kyd Rd. Three Forks, MT 59752 406-285-3777

REGIONAL CONTACTS Southwest Region Hamilton/Missoula Connie Ackerman connieackerman@comcast.net Northwest Region Dawn Ann Anderson andersond@sd5.k12.mt.us Anne Castren castrena@sd5.k12.mt.us South Central Region Helena/Bozeman Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org North Central Region Great Falls/Shelby Laura Jo McKamey ljmckamey@3rivers.net Southeast Region Billings/Hardin Linda Troyer troyermt@msn.com

For complete contact information go to the MTDI Contacts page.

DI Resource Sites http://diresources.wikispaces.com/  www.shopdi.org

Team Building Activity: All Tied Up Objective: To work as a team. Materials: Bandannas or cloth strips.  Have team members stand in a circle facing each other and hold out thri arms.  Tie the group together so that each person is tied to both neighbor's wrists.  When the group is "all tied up" give them a task to do together. Task Suggestions:

  • Make root beer floats for everyone.
  • Wrap packages with gift wrap, bows, & card
  • Make a snack
  • Create an art project
  • Pour a cup of water for each team member.

 

Instant Challenge: Remember it is important to practice Instant Challenges at each team meeting.

Team Superhero: Materials: 10 Chenille Sticks (Pipe Cleaners) 3 Pieces of Paper 6 Mailing Labels 10 Straws 1 Plastic Bag 2 Paper Cups 3 Cotton Balls 6 Paper Clips A box of Markers A piece of paper 1 pair of scissors & pencil The markers and scissors may not be part of your superhero.  You may use the piece of paper & pencil to plan your PERFORMANCE.

Scene: Every team would like to have a superhero to help it accomplish a task without interference.  Your team is having a problem with it's scenery and would like to call in a DI superhero to help.

 Challenge: Your team is to use the materials provided to create a superhero that will help solve the problem you are having with your scenery.  Once you have created your superhero your team will perform a skit explaining the superhero's special talents and how it will save the day.

 

DIscussions - Volume 3, Number 2 (11/09/2009)

Date Published: 
11/09/2009

 

Find out about this year's DI Challenges!

 

Your team can build a structure and skit from "news worthy" materials and events.  Or you can pool your super problem-solving powers to save a something threatened and you won't believe what's on the list! Or your team can change audience members' minds with a flip of the wrist or any other puppet characters.  Or maybe your team will create a DI-Bot that makes the world a better place. Or maybe your team will decide to design a piece of equipment that can deliver supplies to a target over a barrier.

 

In this Issue:

  • Find out about this year's DI Challenges!
  • Basic Team Manager Training
  • We're with You All the Way
  • Ask MTDI
  • DI Fundraiser
  • What's New and Happening in DI!

Past Issues of DIscussions can be found at the Montana DI Website www.mt-di.org

STATE DIRECTOR Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org 2319 Kyd Rd. Three Forks, MT 59752 406-285-3777

REGIONAL CONTACTS Southwest Region Hamilton/Missoula Connie Ackerman connieackerman@comcast.net Northwest Region Dawn Ann Anderson andersond@sd5.k12.mt.us Anne Castren castrena@sd5.k12.mt.us South Central Region Helena/Bozeman Heather Geiger montanacq@mt-di.org North Central Region Great Falls/Shelby Laura Jo McKamey ljmckamey@3rivers.net Southeast Region Billings/Hardin Linda Troyer troyermt@msn.com

For complete contact information go to the MTDI Contacts page.

DI Resource Sites http://diresources.wikispaces.com/  www.shopdi.org

Team Building Activity:

What Can You Do with This?

(This activity will help your team to begin to feel more comforable around one another and for everyone to give input when in group discussion.)

Materials: Any odd objects you can find, Paper, Pens or Pencils.

Select an odd object that can have many uses (the more unique the better) and place it in a paper bag. Divide the team into half and give each group a paper and pencil.  Pull the object out of the bag and instruct each group to make a list of all the things that it could be used for - and be creative! Give a time limit.  At the end of the time have the groups come together and share their lists.  You can give points for original ideas or no points at all and just laugh at all the crazy ideas.

Instant Challenge:

wHAT's tHAT?

Supplies: 7 sheets of newspaper, 7 mailing labels, 1 roll of adding machine tape, crepe paper, or toilet paper.

Part I: Design 7 hats using the materials provided.

Part II: Create and perform a humorous skit using all 7 hats. You decide how much time the team has to create the hats, create the skit, and present its performance.

DIscussions - Volume 3, Number 1 (10/24/2009)

Date Published: 
10/24/2009

 

It's DI Time!

 

Destination ImagiNation teams are starting across the country and internationally!  The time is right for introducting DI to your students and parents.  The time is right for starting a team.  And the time is now for connecting with your Destination ImagiNation Regional Director.  There is no better time than now to make creative problem-solving an integral part of your students' lives.  (Check the side bar to determine your region and your regional director.)

In this Issue:

  • It's DI Time
  • Creativity is hiding in your school!
  • It begins with a team

Past Issues of DIscussions can be found at the Montana DI Website www.mt-di.org

STATE DIRECTOR
Heather Geiger
montanacq@mt-di.org
2319 Kyd Rd.
Three Forks, MT 59752
406-285-3777

REGIONAL CONTACTS
Southwest Region
Hamilton/Missoula
Connie Ackerman
connieackerman@comcast.net

Northwest Region
Dawn Ann Anderson
andersond@sd5.k12.mt.us
Anne Castren
castrena@sd5.k12.mt.us

South Central Region
Helena/Bozeman
Heather Geiger
montanacq@mt-di.org

North Central Region
Great Falls/Shelby
Laura Jo McKamey
ljmckamey@3rivers.net

Southeast Region
Billings/Hardin
Linda Troyer
troyermt@msn.com

For complete contact information go to the MTDI Contacts page.

DI Resource Sites
http://diresources.wikispaces.com/
 www.shopdi.org

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