No one starts off being an Instant Challenge genius. For many, the ability to think critically on one's feet in very short period takes a lot of practice. Instant Challenge is not only a fun team-building activity, it accounts for 25% of a team's score. As a Team Manager, there are many things you can do to help your team. Here are a few ideas you can try:
Since time immemorial, DI Team Challenge writing weekend takes place in June. During that time the Team Challenges get written by creative groups of people who play and experiment and fiddle and refine and play and end up with a rough form of the Challenge. The Challenges then go through a process of revision with feedback and revision with more feedback and so forth until the end of January when they are in fairly good shape. At that point in the past they would go in for final formatting, copy editing etc. That produced a lot of great Challenges. Sometimes though, things would slip by that would cause a Challenge to be troublesome to score, or would create an astronomical number of Clarifications. To address that the QRP was created in order to give a panel of experienced DI folks, from various roles, the opportunity to give each Challenge a fine going over for reading level, scoring clarity, clarity of explanation, clarity of definition and really most importantly – is it fun???
Do you need an activity for your next team meeting? Use our Instant Challenge Matrix to practice your team's Instant Challenge skills and create some excitement. Gather all the materials listed below and click here to download the matrix. Then, choose one of the three types of Challenges and follow the instructions on the download.
Interested in developing Instant Challenges for Destination Imagination? Our Program and Challenge Development Team needs you! We are currently looking for volunteers to work on Destination Imagination Instant Challenges for the 2015-16 program season.
With Our New Instant Challenge Volume 7 E-Book
Our long history of Instant Challenge books has moved from the printed page to an e-book format. With Instant Challenge e-Book Volume 7, Destination Imagination has compiled 100 Instant Challenges which are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or Arts relevant, formatted as Task or Performance Based Challenges. We also expanded each Challenge to include all you will need if you are doing the activities with a small group, classrooms or large groups.
We are looking for people with new, fresh, and exciting ideas to become a part of Team Challenge and Instant Challenge Development!
If you would like to try to be a part of Challenge DIvelopment, please apply – or if you know someone who would be great on a Challenge DIvelopment team, please let them know about this opportunity! Alumni are especially good at helping to craft Challenges that have energy and appeal, so if you know of any committed and talented alumni, tell them about this opportunity as well!
Destination Imagination (DI) has officially announced the results of the 2015 Global Finals, including the top finishers for all team and instant challenges. In total, 27 teams from 13 U.S. states and four countries took home first place trophies.
Are you looking for some fun Instant Challenges for your next team meeting? Our Exploring Material Properties Cards are designed to engage your team in learning material properties and improve their Instant Challenge skills. When selecting materials to solve an Instant Challenge, it is important for your team to understand key material properties. Use these cards to help your team explore the malleability, hardness, elasticity, plasticity and density of each material.
Most of us who take part in Destination Imagination (DI), whether as a participant or volunteer, know that throughout each season we will learn the true meaning of success and what our personal definition of the term is. Successes happen during Instant Challenges, team meetings, debriefings with ourselves or others, and at tournaments. Sometimes at the end of the season, the true success comes from understanding how many failures or tries it took to reach that point.
As a Destination Imagination Team Manager, you’ll have the opportunity to watch as your team members step out of their comfort zones, learn from failure, enjoy fits of laughter and bring their ideas to life. However, when starting out as a Team Manager for the first time, the process can seem a little overwhelming. Resources […]
When you open the 2017-18 Roadmap, you are going to notice some exciting changes! Based on a survey of experienced and new Team Managers, Roadmap has been rearranged and updated. If you don’t have time to start at the beginning of Roadmap, your first stop should be the Guiding Your Team section (page 9). You […]