Jan 082016
 

Registration for the first ever combined Team Manager (TM) Training and Instant Challenger workshop closes on Monday, January 11th.

This exclusive in-person event is open for Iowa Members and is being held on January 16th. You and your team can spend the day learning essential DI skills through hands-on activities and training led by experienced cre8iowa volunteers. The day will consist of general sessions, where you and your team will be together, and breakout sessions, where you and your team will be doing different activities. Register yourself and your team today.

How to Register
You can register to attend for just you or for you and your team by completing the registration form at the link below. You will need to fill out a form for each team you wish to register for this workshop. Once your registration form is received, you will receive an email from cre8iowa confirming your registration. If applicable, you will then be asked to mail in your check or purchase order for $20 per team, or to pay by credit card via PayPal*. Registration closes on Monday, January 11th.

*Please note that it is not necessary for you to have a PayPal account to use this payment method.

 

Dec 162015
 

Due to volunteer and site restrictions, Students for a Creative Iowa will now offer two Appraiser training workshops. All volunteers will need to attend one of the options below in order to be trained as an Iowa Destination Imagination Appraiser for the 2015-16 season.

  • February 6, 2016 (Saturday).
    • Kirkwood Community College
    • 1816 Lower Muscatine Rd.,  Iowa City, IA 52240
    • Check-In: Room ICCR 262
  • February 20, 2016 (Saturday). 
    • Ames Middle School
    • 3915 Mortensen Road, Ames, IA 50014
    • Check-In: Commons

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Dec 132015
 

Students for a Creative Iowa is excited to announce the first ever combined Team Manager (TM) Training and Instant Challenger workshop. This exclusive in-person event is open for Iowa Members. You and your team can spend the day learning essential DI skills through hands-on activities and training led by experienced cre8iowa volunteers. The day will consist of general sessions, where you and your team will be together, and breakout sessions, where you and your team will be doing different activities.

How to Register
You can register to attend for just you or for you and your team by completing the registration form at the link below. You will need to fill out a form for each team you wish to register for this workshop. Once your registration form is received, you will receive an email from cre8iowa confirming your registration. If applicable, you will then be asked to mail in your check or purchase order for $20 per team, or to pay by credit card via PayPal*. Registration closes on Monday, January 11th.

*Please note that it is not necessary for you to have a PayPal account to use this payment method.

Agenda

  • 9:00 – 9:30 am: Registration
  • 9:30 – 11 am: General Session – Making Materials Work
  • 11 – 11:30 am: General Session – Challenge Q&A with the Iowa Challenge Masters
  • 11:30 am – 1 pm: Lunch*
  • 1 – 2 pm: TM Breakout Session – Performance 101
  • 1 – 3 pm: Team Breakout Session – Instant Challenge Practice
  • 2 – 3 pm: TM Breakout Session – Team Management Round Table
  • 3 – 4 pm: Individual Teams & TM Instant Challenge Training

*Lunch will not be provided. You and your team may bring your lunch, order lunch to be delivered at Ames Middle School, or leave the premises to get lunch.

Date and Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on January 16, 2016

Cost

  • Team Managers without a team is free (the cost of this workshop is included in your Iowa membership).
  • Team Managers with team(s) is $20 per team (this fee helps offset the cost of materials used by your team).

Address: Ames Middle School, 3915 Mortensen Road, Ames, IA 50014

What to bring

  • Team Managers will need to bring your Destination Imagination Program Materials and a method to take notes (either a device or paper and pencil).
  • Teams MUST be accompanied by an adult. If you are bringing multiple teams, you will need to arrange for adult accompaniment as they will be in different rooms at the end of the day.

 

Dec 072015
 

The Iowa Membership Registration Form for 2015-2016 season is now available. Choose either of the links below to start your registration form.

Why register for an Iowa Membership for your DI Team?

Cre8iowa provides activities, programming, and support to its members through blog posts, e-mails, phone calls, online Team Manager training, in-person training workshops for volunteers, an Instant Challenge Library, Member Only content, and tournament opportunities—all for one Iowa membership fee.  You also have exclusive access to other training opportunities where participation is offered for an additional fee.

When do I register?

To receive the the Early Bird Discount, submit your payment and registration form no later than January 15, 2016.

To register by the Final Registration date, submit your payment and registration form no later than January 22, 2016.

 

For more details, visit our Iowa Membership Registration webpage.

Nov 302015
 

 The below activity, Combo Chatter, is from 101 Activities that Teach Creativity and Problem Solving by Arthur VanGundy. This activity is useful for a Destination Imagination® team, because it helps team members understand how combining ideas can spark creative ideas or approaches to the Destination Imagination challenges.

Background

The typical new-product process involves generating ideas, selecting the best ones, developing them into workable products, and then assigning them names. Combo Chatter reverses the process somewhat: instead of generating ideas and then names for the ideas, it generates names and then the ideas. For instance, if a company wants to improve the toaster they market, they might think of a toaster made of see-through plastic and name it “BreadView.” Combo Chatter might produce the same see-through product but do it using the works bread and view in juxtaposition. Although this examples applies to new product improvements, that doesn’t mean it is appropriate only for new product development. It can work very well for almost any challenge.

Objectives

  • To help participants generate as many creative ideas as possible.
  • To help participants learn how to use the activities to generate new and creative ideas.

Participants: Small groups of four to seven people each.

Materials, Supplies, and Equipment

  • For each group: markers, two flip charts, and masking tape for posting flip-chart sheets
  • For each participant: one sheet each of three different colors of sticking dots (1/2” diameter) and one pad of 4 x 6 post-it notes

Time: 30 minutes

Handouts: Combo Chatter Handout

Procedure

  1. Distribute the handout, review them with the participants, and answer any questions they may have.
  2. Instruct the participants to generate two lists of five or six words, as a group, related to their problem and write them on a flip chart.
  3. Have each group member take turns selecting one word from each list and have the group use the combination to stimulate ideas.
  4. Direct them to write down any ideas on Post-if® Notes and place them on flip chart paper for evaluation.

Variation

  • If time is available, have individual group members generate their own lists of words for the group to use as idea triggers.

Debrief/Discussion

This can be useful techniques for at leat two reasons 1) it has the potential to create many different perspectives and 2) it combines elements of both related and unrelated stimuli. That is, it uses attributes related directly to the problem and combines these attributes to create a more or less unrelated stimulus. Thus, it helps create perspective changes not possible with activities that rely on a single stimulus.

Also consider having participants debrief using the following questions:

  • What was most helpful about this exercise?
  • What was most challenging?
  • What can we apply in our work?
  • What did you lean?
  • Which ideas were the most interesting and why?