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Welcome to Eureka Union School District's Destination Imagination Website!

Welcome to the Eureka District Destination Imagination Website! Each school year, we have approximately 15  teams participate in Destination Imagination throughout our district's schools.
 
Interested in joining Destination Imagination? There will be an information night in September in the Olympus multipurpose room. Come join us and see if Destination Imagination is a good fit for your child. This meeting is for interested parents and students from kindergarten all the way through eighth grade.

Questions?

Oakhills, Ridgeview, Olympus - Jane Murnane

Excelsior, Cavitt - Jen Gill
 
Greenhills - Annette Rowsey

 
 

What is D.I.?

Destination Imagination is a program which provides structured, team problem-solving competitions. Teams are given a wacky, mind-bending challenge with a set of guidelines in which they are to creatively produce a solution. The solutions include some kind of building, design, written, and performance components. Through these challenges, creativity and teamwork are emphasized. The teams are encouraged to try something different, to experiment, to stretch. Each team member is recognized for his/her strength and contribution to the team. Every student benefits from this program and learns to be successful in a variety of situations. If you enjoy sharing ideas, thinking outside the box, and having fun, come join this enthusiastic group of students and adults. A team of 4 - 7 students and an adult coach/manager will have until March 5, 2016 to develop a creative solution to your choice of one of the challenges. This year's Challenges are described briefly below. As a team, you will present this solution with other Region 1 students at the Regional Tournament to be held on March 5, 2016 at Olympus Junior High School in Roseville. Competition levels are Primary (noncompetitive, K-2nd), Elementary (3-5th), Intermediate (6-8th), Secondary (9-12th), and University-Military.

2016 - 2017 Challenges

Show & Tech - Technical
- Present a show that includes an opening act and headlining act. Design and build a stage. Enhance each act with a technical effect to amaze the audience.
 
Top Secret - Scientific
- Create and present a story about a secret mission. Research and apply methods from cryptography and steganography to reveal secret messages. Design and create a gadget that appears to be an everyday item. 
Create and integrate a disguised character into the story.
 
In It Together - Structural
- Design, build and test multiple free-standing structures that work together. Develop a strategy for placing structures to hold as much weight as possible. Develop and present a collaborative solution to a global issue.
 
Vanished! - Fine Arts
- Research the meaning, roles and uses of colors. Present a story about how the disappearance of a color changes the world. Create a colorful character that is involved with the color's disappearance.
 
3-Peat - Improvisational
- Create three improvisational skits from the same story prompt. Present each skit in a different performance genre. Portray a different stock character in each skit. Enhance each skit with props.
 
Ready, Willing & Fable - Service Learning/Project Outreach
- Identify, design, plan and carry out a project that addresses a real community need. Create a live presentation of a team-created fable that integrates information about the project. Include an impact prop and a character that changes appearance.
 
Save the Day - Rising Stars (K-2nd grade only) - Non competitive
- Learn about simple and complex machines. Use simple machines to build a new invention. Create a play that tells a story about how the new invention helps to save the day. Create props, scenery and costumes to help tell the story.

EUSD DI Schedule

2016 - 2017 Schedule
  • Parent Info Night: Wednesday, September 21st, 6:00 p.m. Olympus Junior High School multi-purpose room for all interested parents and children in the district (grades K through 8)
  • Instant Challenge Nights: 6:00 - 8:00 at all locations
  • Oct. 20, 2016: Oakhills, Ridgeview, and Olympus, (Cavitt Scifres team only) at Olympus in Olympus m.p. room
  • Greenhills, Maidu, Excelsior, other Cavitt team at Excelsior: m.p. room Oct. 20
  • Nov. 17, Jan. 19, & Feb. 23, 2017 Instant Challenge Nights for all schools in the district at Olympus m.p. room
Region One Events :
  • November 5:  Team Managers Training 8:30 AM - 3 PM, Ridgeview School
  • Dec. 3:  Instant Challenge Playday  8:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Ridgeview School
  • Jan. 7: Skills Workshop 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Ridgeview School
  • Feb. 4:  Team Manager Walk-thru and Appraisers' Training 8 AM - 12 PM, Olympus Junior High
  • March 4:  7:30 AM - 7:00 PM  Regional Tournament, Olympus Junior High
  • April 1:  State Tournament, Lion's Gate, Sacramento
  • May 24 - 27: Global Finals, Knoxville, Tennessee

Why DI is Good for Kids

  • Have FUN!
  • Make new friends.
  • Learn to solve all kinds of problems.
  • Learn that when something goes wrong, you just keep going.
  • Learn to understand and appreciate the ideas, strengths, and abilities of other team members.
  • Learn to manage time more efficiently.
  • Learn to plan out a project and bring it to conclusion.
  • Learn to rely on themselves.
  • Learn to be more organized.
  • Learn how to resolve disagreements and manage conflict in a positive way.
  • Learn not to give up.
  • Learn to use technology, tools, and machinery safely.
  • Learn that we can do more than we ever thought we could!

Why DI is Good for Adults

  • Understanding of and appreciation for teamwork.
  • Improved creative problem solving skills.
  • Improved organizational skills.
  • FUN!
  • New appreciation of differences in problem solving styles.
  • Deep satisfaction in helping young people.
  • Learning about other cultures and increasing their global view.
  • Increased optimism.
  • Development of new friendships.
  • Appreciation of the process that is the heart of the DI program.
  • Appreciation of the power of young people to solve any problems.
  • Recognition of the many and varied strengths of team members.
  • Improved leadership abilities.
  • Learning to analyze and utilize resources.
 
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