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Destination ImagiNation 2013-14 Challenges

September 20, 2013

DI celebrates problem solving skills, creativity, teamwork, and perseverance.

Interested in finding out more about DI?  Attend an Open House at Town Center Elementary on Monday Sep 23, at 6 pm.

Unable to make the Coppell session? There are two more sessions planned-

  • Sept. 24 – Bush Middle School, 515 Cowboys Pkwy., Irving
  • Sept. 26 – Forestwood Middle School, 2810 Morriss Rd., Flower Mound

Questions about DI or interested in joining/forming a team?  Contact Tejas Purani, the Coppell DI Coordinator. For a parent perspective on DI, read  Destination Imagination- A parent’s perspective.

2013-14 Challenge Preview

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Technical: Dig In (A)

  • Design and build equipment to detect objects in their hiding places
  • Use team designed and built equipment to take the objects out of their hiding places.
  • Move objects across the finish line.
  • Create and present a story about a technology that detects things a human cannot sense without help.

Scientific: Going to Extremes (B)

  • Explore an Extreme Environment that exists in our universe.
  • Present a Story about characters who adapt to survive in the Extreme Environment.
  • Design and create Extreme Gear that is demonstrated by using Technical Methods.
  • Design and create a depiction of the Extreme Environment.

Fine Arts: Laugh Art Loud (C)

  • Research works of art created by artists who were born in a nation other than the team’s own
  • Theatrically present a comic strip that is based on a work of art created by the artist from the nation
  • Create three live comic strip panels.
  • Create an ARTifact that is inspired by the work of art.
  • Design and create a Caption Contraption for one of the comic strip panels.

Improvisational: Pandemonium (D)

  • Create an original five-minute Improvisation Skit
  • Develop the interaction between a character from the past and a contemporary character.
  • Show how those characters work, using the time period, their occupations and skills, to deal with Pandemonium.
  • Use stage makeup to create, develop, and/or enhance one skit character.

Structural: The Tension Builds (E)

  • Build a structure that will be tested against two forces at the same time.
  • Design a prop that will be assembled during your presentation. The prop’s parts must fit completely inside a measured space.
  • Create a story in which tension is a threat to stability and is overcome in some way.

Service Learning: Pitch and Play (SL)

  • Use the creative process to identify and select at least one real community need.
  • Design and carry out a Project that addresses the real community need.
  • Use Play to meet the goal(s) of the Project.
  • Use a team-created Elevator Pitch to enlist at least one Community Partner.
  • The team will create a live Presentation that features the Project.

Rising Stars(Early Learning): Circus! (RS)

  • Create your own circus!
  • Learn about circuses and the role of the Ringmaster
  • Learn about balancing things
  • Learn about geometric shapes
  • Explore how your team works together to make decisions about the three acts of your circus performance.

Instant Challenge (IC)

  • Require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking.
  • Each team will receive an IC at the tournament. They are kept confidential until the day of the tournament.
  • ICs are performance-based, task-based or a combination of the 2.
  • All ICs reward teams for teamwork and creativity.
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