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Welcome to the 2018-19 season of Destination Imagination (DI)!

Registration for Algoma School District students to be on a team is now closed.  Team Managers will be contacting participants very soon to set up meeting dates and times.

How do I sign my child up for DI within the Algoma School District?

Please have your child list the top two Challenges they are interested in so we can better place students on their teams.  This DOES NOT guarantee they will be placed on a team that will choose that Challenge, but if we can place like-minded students together, they will be more likely to agree on a Challenge.  The Challenge previews can be viewed here.

Incomplete applications or applications submitted without the $10 fee will be returned to you.  Only students with completed applications and submitted registration fee on or before the deadline will be placed on a team.

 

Destination Imagination FAQs

If there are questions you have about the Destination Imagination (DI) program that are not answered here please send an email to Robyn Harper, Algoma School District (ASD) DI Coordinator, Robyn@AlgomaWolvesDI.com .

 

Who can participate in the ASD DI program?

Students attending the Algoma Elementary, Middle or High School in grades Kindergarten through 12 and who are in compliance with the Algoma School District Co-curricular code can participate in the ASD DI program.

What is the cost to participate in the ASD DI program?
There is a $10 ASD activity fee payable at the time of registration.  Additional costs may include a regional tournament t-shirt and travel to and from tournaments. Please refer to the handbook for more information.

When and where are the tournaments?

 

Will I have to do any fund raising?
Yes. While the team participation fees for the Regional and State tournaments are covered by the ASD, when a team makes it to the Global Finals competition in Tennessee, this expense is not covered by the ASD budget so we must raise the money to send the team to compete.  The cost to send one, seven-person team along with a Team Manager is in excess of $7000.

All families participating in the DI program should expect to help with the fund raising efforts in some way, even if your child’s team does not make it as far as Globals.  We are a DI family and we will help each other achieve our goals by working together to raise this money.

A couple of our larger fund raisers: (subject to change):

How many students can be on a team?
A competitive team can consist of two to seven students. A Rising Stars team can have from five – 10 members. Students are usually grouped with students of the same grade and age level.

How are the students placed on teams?
Many different factors are taken into consideration when placing students on teams. For the ASD DI program, the Team Managers and DI Coordinator sort out all the applicants by grade. The next thing we take into account is how many team managers we have.

Every effort is made in keeping grade levels together, however, there may be several groups that contain mixed grades. This allows every student to be placed on a team without having several very small teams or having to recruit additional parents to be Team Managers for these additional teams.

Other factors include interests, male-female ratio, previous DI experience and the students’ personalities (i.e. not having an entire team of students who tend to be very quiet). Attempts are also made to keep previous teams together, although this is not always possible.

When are meetings held?
Each Team Manager sets the meeting schedule for his/her team. You will be contacted shortly after the team assignments are released about a practice schedule.

What determines the level at which a team competes?
The age of the oldest student on a team determines which level a team competes. Destination Imagination breaks down the levels as follows:

Early Learning (aka) Rising Stars: This level is for exhibition and is non-competitive. Students in grades Kindergarten through second grade can participate in Rising Stars. This level introduces the students to the program without the worries of following the rules et forth in the competitive levels. The challenge is the same for all Rising Stars teams.

Elementary Level (EL): This level is for students through fifth grade. It is a competitive level and teams will choose from a list of six challenges and compete against other EL teams solving the same challenge.

Middle Level (ML): This level is for students in grades sixth through eighth. It is a competitive level and teams will choose from a list of six challenges and compete against other ML teams solving the same challenge.

Secondary Level (SL): This level is for students in grades ninth through twelfth. It is a competitive level and teams will choose from a list of six challenges and compete against other SL teams solving the same challenge.

University Level (UL): This level is for students in college. It is a competitive level and teams will choose from a list of six challenges and compete against other UL teams solving the same challenge.

My child is in sports. Can s/he still participate in DI?
Many students have successfully participated in sports and several other extra-curricular activities (One Act, Musical, Forensics) along with DI. DI does require a time committment and the child’s ability to handle schoolwork on top of attending DI meetings and sports practices should be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to participate in DI.

Many Team Managers will do their best to schedule DI meetings around sports practices and games. Families should also check the DI tournament schedule to be sure DI team members can attend the tournaments. DI is not like a sport where you have substitute players sitting on the bench ready to get into the game at any given moment.

My child has never been in DI before. Can s/he join at any age/grade level?
Absolutely! Your child can be a first-time DI’er even as a senior in high school. No previous DI experience is required!