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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!

2018 Tournament Schedule

The Tournament Schedule for the NJDI 2018 State Tournament has been finalized!

You can view the schedule here.

Good luck to all our teams! We cannot wait to see your solutions!

DISC Scholarship Entries Now being Accepted

Dear Destination Imagination Community,

Thanks to your support this past year, DISC will again offer up to $30,000 in creativity and volunteerism scholarships to deserving candidates!

Full information and applications can be found here.

Good luck to all!

 

2018-2019 Challenge Previews are Available!

We’re excited to announce that, earlier than ever before, our 2018-19 Challenge Overviews are now available! We’ve expedited the availability of this resource as we know it’s a critical part of generating interest in and purchase of 2018-19 Team Number Vouchers.

Speaking of Team Number Vouchers – this item is now available for purchase on ShopDI. You can access this new product here.

As promised, a promotional toolkit is also available for download here. The toolkit features digital resources and PDFs that can be downloaded and printed to handout at tournaments or other promotional events. In the toolkit you’ll find:
– Social Media graphics for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
– Email header graphics (2 versions)
– PDF Promotional One-sheet for Tournaments
– PDF 5×7 Postcard for Tournaments
– PDF Table Tent Poster for Tournaments

You can find the 2018-19 Challenge Overviews here on the Marketing Materials page of the DI website.

As a reminder: The 2018 NJDI State Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, NJ. We are excited to see you and watch your solutions!