By CHERYL MOORE/Special to the Express
Destination Imagination (DI) is an extracurricular school-supported program that teaches creative problem solving skills in a fun and exciting way. Some of you may have heard of DI — we have had many Winters teams active in this program, and last year our high school team advanced all the way to Global Finals.
Teams of five to seven kids come together with a volunteer team manager and begin to meet once a week starting the end of October. They will work together until the regional tournament in March.
Teams train in creative problem-solving and teamwork skills. Each team competes in two areas at the tournament. They will compete in an instant challenge, which emphasizes quick, on your feet, thinking where they will have five to ten minutes to solve an unknown challenge with surprise supplies.
Some are task-based like build a structure as tall as you can, using a paper plate, paper cup, straw, paper clip and three mailing labels. Others are performance-based like make a brief humorous skit about how the llama jumped over the rainbow and incorporate the imaginary word “Griggle.” They will also compete in one of five central challenges, which are the long-term projects they will work on the entire season. All solutions must be completely solved by the team and no interference by parents is allowed.
There will be an informational meeting for all interested students and their parents on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 6-7 p.m. at The Tree House, 418 Haven Street. Application forms will be available at The Tree House, in the Shirley Rominger Intermediate School office or the Winters Middle School office. The deadline to turn in applications is Oct. 20. Applications can be turned in alone or as a group of friends. The cost is $100 per child, and scholarships are available.
For more information, contact Cheryl Moore, 530-902-1083 or Cmmmoore45@gmail.com. More information about DI is available at www.idodi.org.