Welcome to the 2019-2020 season of Destination Imagination (DI)!
Registration for Algoma School District students to be on a team is now closed.
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?
- February 29, 2020, BayLake Regionals, Algoma High School. All ASD teams participate. Top 2 teams overall in each level/Challenge advance to State.
- April 18, 2020, Wisconsin DI (WIDI) Affiliate Tournament (aka State), UW Green Bay. Top 2 teams overall in each level/Challenge advance to Globals.
- May 20-23, 2019, Global Finals, Kansas City.
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 Kansas City, MO, 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 $9000.
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):
- Food stand a Concerts in the Park, July 11, 2019
- Corn stand during Soar on the Shore kite event, August 17, 2019
- Dinner/Public Performances, February 23, 2020. All teams present solutions to the public.
- Electronics Recycling, May 2020
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 unlimited 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!