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Creativity News - Volume 8, Number 3 (10/01/2014)


How Do You Describe Destination Imagination?

Destination Imagination helps students develop and use their imaginations to improve our world. We do this by producing fun and engaging challenges designed to teach the creative process from imagination to innovation.

It is important to understand that true creativity is self directed. The DI Challenges are open-ended in design in order to promote creative thinking. The Challenges allow the students to try to solve the problem themselves without interference from non-team members. The Team Managers are encouraged to ask questions and use brainstorming so the students think of many ideas and solutions, even wild and crazy ones. Albert Einstein once said "If at first the idea is not absurd then there is no hope for it". The students need to be reminded that they grow and learn through solving problems not having you tell them how to do it. In an article on how to encourage creativity in children, Ann Ream said, " What is most important is that the adult facilitate the child's creative thinking process, rather than simply solving the problem for the child."

In a nutshell, Destination Imagination is a fabulous program that helps children develop their creativity to be the leaders of the future.

MTDI Creativity Events a Success

Since the beginning of September Montana DI has been hosting Creativity Nights and Booths to give students a "taste of DI" and spread the word about this wonderful program. Over 80 kids participated in the Creativity Mindshift events in the Gallatin Valley and Missoula. There will be one more Creativity Night in Corvallis on Wednesday, October 15.  Students in 5th-8th grade may also choose to sign up for the Creativity Lock-In at Darby School on Friday, October 24th. Check out the MTDI website For more information about these events and registration forms. If you missed the event in your area and are still interested in learning more about DI or having your child join a team contact the state director at

Start A Team

To start a DI team, purchase a Team Pack at Shop DI or download the Start A Team Application at For a complete list of what your fees cover and the Montana fees. check out the Start A Team information on the Montana DI website.

The deadline for purchasing your program materials and registering your team is January 15, 2015

T-Shirt Design Contest (Win a Trip to Global Finals)

Want to win $1,500? Want to see your design on a shirt at the official Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals Store? Your challenge is to create a t-shirt design that illustrates what creativity means to you. Three lucky students will win $1,500 and have their t-shirt designs printed and featured on the DI website. The contest is open to all students in Kindergarten - high school and is not limited to Destination Imagination participants. $1,500 will be awarded to one lucky winner from each age category.

In addition the winners will also win a free pass to the 2015 DI Global Finals. The pass will allow your team to compete even if it does not qualify at the state or regional level. The free pass does not include registration fees or travel expenses. The free pass only applies to 2014-15 registered DI teams. If the contest winner is not on a registered DI team, he or she is able to transfer the free pass to a registered DI team.

Click here for official contest rules.

MTDI Scholarship

Each year Montana Destination Imagination budgets to award two $500 scholarships to Montana students who have participated for at least 2 years in Destination Imagination. The scholarships are awarded to a high school senior and a student currently pursuing a post-secondary degree. The MTDI scholarship is not a traditional essay application. We ask the applicants to create a marketing or training tool to help further Destination Imagination in Montana. If you think you know a student who will be eligible for this scholarship please encourage them to look at the topics on the scholarship page on the MTDI website. Also send us the contact information for these students so we can also remind them about the scholarship.  Summer is a great time for them to work on this application.


RULE OF THE MONTH:  Interference

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

Interference Triangle

The Interference Triangle is a useful tool to help you remember what Interference is and what Team Managers and other people are allowed to help the team with. The Base of the Triangle consists of two corners: Skills and Challenge & Rules. These two corner support blocks are what teams have in common when they participate in the Destination Imagination program and process. Your team’s solution is your team’s alone. It is what the team members build from their acquisition of skills and understanding of the Challenge and rules. It is Interference for a Team Manager to be in the team’s Solution corner of the Triangle. Recognize and respect that the “top” is where team members reign!


Team Building Activity:  Helium Stick

Materials: A long thin pole such as a broom handle.

Challenge: Be sure to call the pole a "Helium Stick". Place your group in two lines facing each other. Have each person hold the index finger of his right hand chest high. Place the helium stick on top of the outstretched fingers. The challenge is to lower the stick to the ground while keeping everyone's fingers touching the stick. If anyone's finger looses contact with the helium stick you must start again. At first the stick will seem to rise (hence the name Helium Stick). In fact, it is simply the upwards pressure of everyone's fingers causing the stick to go up instead of down. Once everyone relaxes they can easily lower the stick to the ground. This usually takes ten minutes of laughter to complete.

Instant Challenge: Antiques 2511

Challenge: Your TASK is to create an antique found in the year 2511 &present a Performance in which you show what the antique is, and explain what it did and why it is valuable. Aan “antique” is anything at least 500 years old.

Time: You will have up to 4 minutes to use your IMAGINATION to make your antique, as well as to plan and practice your skit, and then up to 2 minutes to present your PERFORMANCE to the Appraisers.

The Scene: It is the year 2511. You have found a valuable antique from the year 2011! Use the materials to make a replica of this antique and then present a PERFORMANCE in which you show what the antique is, and explain what it did and why it is valuable.


· Two 24 inch pieces of string            ·3 Chenille Sticks (Pipe Cleaners)             ·4 Straws               ·2 Pencils

·2 Cupcake Wrappers                        ·2 Mailing Labels                                      ·2 Rubber Bands     ·2 Sheets of Colored Paper

Scoring: You will receive

A. 10 points if you create an antique.

B. Up to 20 points for the creativity of your antique.

C. Up to 30 points for the creativity of your performance.

D. Up to 20 points how well your team works together. © 2014 Destination Imagination, Inc.

Date Published: 
Wed, 10/01/2014