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NJDI Announcement – February 2021

Dear New Jersey Destination Imagination Family,

I hope you are all doing well today.  I hope you are all successfully navigating through the winter weather.

We would like to take this opportunity to provide you all with the latest information on our joint tournament with New York DI. Please take the time to read the following information carefully. We thank you in advance for your patience.

  1. Our tournament is scheduled for Saturday April 10, 2021
  2. The deadline for teams to register for our tournament will be February 28, 2021. We request that you please register your teams and identify your challenge as soon as possible so we can organize the tournament and identify all the necessary resources to make this a great experience for all of our teams.
  3. Unfortunately, you will need to enter your team information in two places, The DI website and again on the Register Your Team website.  This was supposed to corrected last year so teams would only have to enter their information one time and it would transfer to the other sites. With the pandemic, this project was not completed. We thank you for your patience in entering the information two times. We have raised the issue with DIHQ. They are aware of it and are working to improve the process for next year.
  4. Please note the following dates for Submission of your Presentations:
    1. Instant Challenge for all teams  – Release Date for IC’s is Friday March 5 @ 3:00 AM – Team Submission Deadline for your IC solution – Monday March 8 @11:59 PM
    2. Improv Teams – Release Date for Unknowns – Friday March 12 @ 3:00 AM – Team Submission Deadline for your Improv Presentation – Monday March 15 @11:59 PM
    3. All other Challenges – The Deadline for Presentation Submission is Monday March 29 @11:59 PM
  5. Please read the “Rules of the Road” and the “Tournament Guide” both of which are in the Resource Area on the DI Website. These two documents contain instructions on how to upload your presentation to YouTube. Read these documents carefully.
  6. Please ensure all Tournament Data Forms are completed and submitted. We will provide specific instructions on how this will be accomplished in a future communication.
  7. Once the presentations and paperwork has been received, the Prep Area appraisers will review the presentation to confirm it is the proper length for the challenge requirements, there are no issues (can be viewed) and all paperwork is properly completed. If there are any questions, teams will be contacted directly and given the opportunity to correct any issues. Our goal is to ensure all our teams are given the opportunity to present their solutions in the best possible manner.
  8. For Instant Challenge – the “Rules of The Road” require that each team member has their own camera and are separate. No team members should be together in the same space.
  9. The January Release of Instant Challenges and Improv Unknowns can be found in the Resource Area. They can be used for practice. The February Release should also be available this coming week after the Monday deadline submission passes.
  10. In order to ensure Teams keep within the defined time limits for their presentations, we are asking each team to clearly identify the start and end of their presentation (usually teams will say “Time” when they are done and can continue to say “Time” on their video at end). As the presentation will be recorded and submitted, please help the appraisers to be clear on the start by saying “Begin” or “Go” or some other phase of your choice. The presentation recording must meet the time requirements defined in the challenge and we want to ensure the content of the presentations are properly appraised.
  11. Each of the Challenges allows teams an option to provide a second video presentation describing how they developed their solution to the challenge. We will not be requiring our teams to submit this second video as teams will be interacting with the appraisal team directly on tournament day.
  12. Once we have all the team presentations, the Tournament Directors will work out a schedule for the presentations for each challenge, just as we always have done for our in-person tournaments. Team will be sent two (2) Zoom links for their presentation, one for the presentation and one for the team’s question and answers with the appraisal team. This second link will be unique for each team.
    1. The first link will be a general presentation room link for the challenge which will remain open for the entire tournament. Anyone can join the presentation room to view the presentations.
    2. At the team’s designated time, their presentation will be played for the appraisers and the audience to view. Attendees will be muted so as to not interfere with the presentation.
    3. After the presentation video has been completed, the team will be asked to leave the presentation room and utilize the unique team-specific link to join the appraisal team to provide the opportunity for the team to discuss the details of their solution with the appraisal team and answer any questions the appraisal team may have for the team. We feel this provides the closest possible experience to the in-person tournaments and allows the team to fully explain their journey on how they arrived at their solution to the challenge.
  13. We will be utilizing a new (for New Jersey) Mobile Scoring program which has been used by NY and at Global Finals. Raw scores should be available to teams soon after their performance. We will be providing additional information on how any inquires will be handled once we have worked out a process.
  14. New Jersey and New York teams will be appraised separately. Teams from New Jersey who place 1st , 2nd and 3rd in their level and challenge will be awarded trophies. We will work out the logistics of how the awards will be delivered.
  15. At a minimum, teams placing 1st in their challenge and level will be offered an invitation to 2021 Global Finals which is scheduled to be held in Kansas City in July. Global Finals is scheduled to be an in-person event at this time. Additional details will be provided as they are finalized.
  16. We are still accepting entries for the NJDI Scholarship Contest. If you know a candidate who is interested, please have them create a 3 minute video explaining how DI influenced their lives and send it to njdi_directors@Yahoo.com (there is a _ between njdi and directors) by March 20, 2021.

Thanks to everyone for your patience and participation in this unique situation. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. We will continue to provide you with the latest information as it becomes available.

Please take care and be safe,

NJDI

GOING VIRTUAL – Global Finals 2020

Dear NJDI Family,

The situation surround COVID-19 has continued to worsen around the globe. Destination Imagination International has decided to move Global Finals virtual for 2020.

Click here to find all of the details! There are exciting developments, even for friends, family, and alumni of DI!

State Tournament Cancellation

Dear New Jersey Destination Imagination Family,

We hope you are all doing well today.

We want to personally thank everyone who has contacted us regarding our upcoming NJDI State Tournament / Celebration. The NJDI Leadership team has been monitoring the coronavirus situation on a daily basis. Our primary concern has always been and remains the safety of all our participants and their families. To this end, the NJDI Leadership team determined the best course of action was to cancel our live Tournament / Celebration scheduled for March 28, 2020 to remove any potential for infection to any of our NJDI Family.

We are disappointed as we are certain you are, however we will put our problem skills to use and think of ways our amazing teams can showcase their creativity and hard work.

Please stay safe and take care,
NJDI

It’s Time to Get UGLY for Our Winter Holiday Contest!

We want you to use your imagination and CRAFTivity to celebrate the good, the bad and the ugly of the winter holiday season by designing and creating your own Ugly Holiday Sweater.

The Destination Imagination (DI) Ugly Holiday Sweater contest is open to elementary through high school students ages 8-18. To be eligible, your Ugly Holiday Sweater design must be made on a sweater, sweatshirt or vest and must be based on a winter celebration, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, etc. From pom-poms to glitter to LEDs, you may use any materials you wish to help create your Ugly Holiday Sweater design. All contest entries must be appropriate for all audiences.

Entries will be appraised by Destination Imagination, Inc. staff on the following: Creativity, Festive Presentation, Visual Impact, and Originality. One winner from each of our three grade levels (Elementary, Middle, and Secondary) will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card.

Visit our blog for all the details, Official Contest Rules and how to enter. The deadline is January 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Looking for more creative, holiday-themed activities? Check out our Great Graham Cracker Challenge and Instant Challenge Royale: Snowman Edition!

April News & Updates

Thanks for Another Fun-Filled Season!

Destination Imagination (DI) Affiliate Tournaments have wrapped up around the world, which means we’re nearing the end of the 2018-19 season. Congratulations to all of the participants who solved our Challenges in astonishing ways! We hope you take some time to celebrate your accomplishments and reflect on all you’ve learned. Also, thank you to the Team Managers, Appraisers, and other volunteers who made it possible for teams to create and present their innovative solutions. We could not have done it without you!

Whether you’ll be joining us at Global Finals next month or following the excitement from home, make sure you stay connected to the latest news and updates. The Global Finals 2019 website and blog are now live, the dedicated newsletter is up and running, and the app is ready for download. With these resources, you won’t miss a minute of the action from our new location in Kansas City, Missouri!

Tell Us About Your DI Experience

Team Members: When you show us your solutions, we see what we think you learned. Now, we want to hear from you! Which Challenge did you do this season? What did you learn? How did DI impact your goals? If you are 13 years of age or older, please complete this brief survey to tell us about your DI experience!

Team Managers: We offer a big thanks to you for your time, dedication and hard work this season! Each year, DI strives to improve the overall experience for Team Managers, and your feedback is incredibly important to us. Please take 20 minutes to respond to this survey and help us better understand your satisfaction with the 2018-19 Challenge season. Respond by next Tuesday, April 30 for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

Get Ready for 2019-20
From engineering a bridge live on stage to addressing a real need in your community, the next season of DI is bound to be a blast! Check out our 2019-20 Challenge Overviews here.
Spring STEAM Challenges 
Grab the leftover peeps and matzah because we have two STEAM-based Instant Challenges for you to solve with friends and family! Visit our blog to get in on the springtime fun.

Global Finals Pins & Shirts – Now Available!

Congratulations to our teams who qualified to compete at Global Finals!

What are two things you’re going to need? Our traveling niNJa pins to trade and a 2019 t-shirt to wear around Kansas City!

Download the order form here.

Please Note:
• Please follow instructions on form for email submission.
• Submit form in spreadsheet format, not PDF or Photo
• Order Deadline:  April 11, 2019

Please contact directors@njdi.org with any questions.

Background Check Policy – 2019 Season

ATTENTION,

In accordance with Destination Imagination policy, NJDI has instituted a mandatory background check policy for all volunteers for the 2018-2019 season. To view the full policy, click here.

The Procedures are as follows:

• Team Managers must undergo a Level 3 background check, the cost of this check is $28 and will be paid by the Team Manager directly to Verified Volunteers.
• Appraisers must complete a Level 2 background check. NJDI will cover the cost of their background check for the 2018-2019 program year. Appraisal Volunteers will have the option to donate the cost of the background check back to NJDI if they choose at the time of registration on the Verified Volunteer website.
• Teachers who have completed a background check within the last two years may provide NJDI documentation of passing the recent background check should they be able to obtain it.
• Background checks must be completed by January 11. This is also the deadline for registering teams and appraisers for the 2019 Tournament. 
• Those who do not have background checks completed will not be able to participate in DI as a Team Manager or Appraiser. There will be no exceptions. 

Complete the background check here.

Any and all questions should be directed to directors@njdi.org.

We thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of our participants.

Enter To Win A Project Management College Scholarship

Announcing a new scholarship opportunity for Secondary Level Global Finals teams! The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) is sponsoring a $3,500 college scholarship for the team with the strongest project plan. The winning team will divide the scholarship equally among team members.

Qualifications:

  • Secondary Level teams with at least one junior or senior level student are invited to submit a project plan.
  • Teams must be qualified for and planning to attend Global Finals 2018
  • The application and project plan must be written in English by members of the team. Teams from outside of the U.S. may have assistance with the translation of their project plan, but the plan must be written by team members.

Submission: Teams must supply an electronic copy of the project plan for their Global Finals Team Challenge solution. To ensure the project plan is legible, teams must recreate their original project plan by filling out the template included in the application. Email completed applications and project plans to Kris Beisel at kbeisel@dihq.org.

Scoring Criteria: Project plans will be appraised based the project management steps and process groups as described in Roadmap:

  • Identify and understand Challenge Requirements
  • Define the Team’s Project Deliverables (mini-projects or tasks)
  • Define the goals and success measures for the project
  • Evaluate resources, constraints, and assumptions
  • Explore the scope of the project
  • Consider deliverables and dependencies
  • Establish project managers for each deliverable or mini-project
  • Sequence, schedule, and set milestones
  • Plan and procure resources and materials
  • Assess risks and plan for prevention or mitigation
  • Monitor and control the project and its deliverables
  • Review the project and ensure the project meets the requirements of the Challenge and the requirements defined by the team

Appraisers will be looking for detailed and thorough explanations for the plans the team made for each part of the project management process.

Deadline: April 23, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Award: The $3,500 scholarship will be awarded at Global Finals. The amount will be divided equally among team members. The scholarships will be paid either directly to the university or college of the student’s choice or to a qualified college savings plan. (Special arrangements will be made if the winning team resides outside of the United States.)

Application: Click here to download the scholarship application. Email your completed scholarship application and project plan to Kris Beisel at kbeisel@dihq.org.

Global Finals 2018 Newsletter

Are you going to Global Finals 2018? Are you looking for more information?

Have no fear because the Global Finals 2018 Newsletter is HERE!

Consider this GF18 101 for you and your team.

Are you excited yet? We are!

A Message from Senator Cory Booker to NJDI

Thank you, Senator Cory Booker for your support of NJDI!