Dec 172014

Did you know that cre8iowa is one of 80 affiliate that promote the Destination Imagination program around the world? There are many resources from other affiliates that Iowa DI-ers should check out. Below are just a few of the cool resources offered by other affiliates!

  • Challenge Orientation Webinars for Team Managers and Coordinators
    • California DI has recorded an orientation webinar for each of this year’s Challenges. Check them out for more information and some tips about each Challenge!
  • Instant Challenge Kits (for purchase)
    • Wisconsin DI has created Instant Challenge kits that anyone can purchase. Each kit contains 20 Instant Challenges and the necessary materials.
  • New Team Manager Training Video
    • Destination Imagination Colorado recorded one of their online training session for new Team Managers. Take a look at the video below. I would recommend starting the video at about the 15:30 mark. The first fifteen minutes deal with Colorado state specifics.

Dec 142014


The Instant Challenger workshop is an in-person training for your team to gain valuable practice and feedback from experienced cre8iowa volunteers.The way it works is that each team is given individualized attention for a period of 2 hours, beginning at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 2:30 p.m. Once your team arrives, it will split its time between two rooms; one room focuses on performance-based Instant Challenges and the other focuses on task-based Instant Challenges. Experienced volunteers will work with your team on how to solve Instant Challenges.

How to register
You can request a reservation for your team by completely filling out 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, letting you know whether the time you requested is available. Then you will be asked to mail in your check or purchase order for $20 per team, or to pay by credit card via PayPal. (It is not necessary for you to have a PayPal account.) Your payment must arrive within 10 days of the confirmation email being sent. You must pay by credit card via PayPal if you are registering on or after January 2, 2015. Registration closes on Monday, January 12th.

Please note that the limited space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


January 17, 2015
9:30 – 11:30 am, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, or 2:30 – 4:30 pm

$20 per team (this fee helps offset the cost of materials used by your team).


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


What to bring
You will need your team and an adult chaperone. Teams MUST be accompanied by an adult. If you have multiple teams, they will be in different rooms, so you will need to arrange for adult accompaniment. You may also wish to bring a checkbook or cash to purchase items from our sales table that may be helpful to you and your team(s). These items include books, games and activities. All workshop materials are covered by your registration fee.

Dec 082014

In Iowa, all teams are required to provide a trained volunteer that will serve at both the sub-state and state tournament as an Appraiser. While you still have some time before Iowa Membership registrations are due to make a final decision about who will serve as the team’s Appraiser, we recommend recruiting an individual now. Check out the information below to get a better understanding about who, what, where, when, why, and how of being an Appraiser.

 What is an Appraiser?

An Appraiser is an adult volunteer (18+ years) who assess the teams’ solutions at tournament after being trained to evaluate one or more DI Challenges

Why are Appraisers required?

Students for a Creative Iowa requires a volunteer from each team to ensure that all teams have an adequate number of well-trained Appraisers to watch, enjoy, and award points for team performances at each tournament. Each Challenge and Instant Challenge room needs its own Appraisal team and so each team helps fulfill that need.

What makes a “good” Appraiser?

A good Appraiser is comfortable working as part of a team, is able to appraiser without bias, enjoys working with students and celebrating their creativity, and honors their commitment to attend training and serve at tournament.

What is an Appraiser volunteering to do?

Each Appraiser makes a three-day time commitment to spend one full day of training, one full Saturday at the Sub-state tournament, and one full Saturday at the Iowa State tournament in Ames.

How does an Appraiser become trained?

Each Appraisers chooses to attend one of three different training workshops held Saturdays in January or February. There is a training workshop held in a Western, Eastern, and Central location respectively. Go to for more information.

Who do I recruit an Appraiser?

As with everything else in DI, team members are responsible for recruiting an Appraiser. Teams typically ask parents, other family members, or friends of the family to fill this role. But the volunteer does not have to be related to the team in order to serve. For example, you as the Team Manager can recruit individuals you personally know. For more ideas, please look at the How-to-Find-Appraisers document.

Do Iowa Appraisers serve at Global Finals in Knoxville, TN?

The trained Iowa Appraisers will NOT be required to appraise at Global Finals. If you are interested in appraising down at Global Finals, then please email us at for more information.

Can a Team Manager serve as the Team’s Appraiser?

If a team has only one Team Manager, he or she may not also be the team’s Appraiser or Volunteer since teams are not allowed to be at Tournament without adult supervision.

Can related individuals serve as Appraisers?

While related Appraisers may volunteer at the Iowa Tournaments, they may not serve on the same Appraisal team (i.e. not in the same Challenge or Instant Challenge room).

Will my Appraiser be able to watch our team?

The team’s Appraiser is NOT allowed to leave the assigned Challenge site to watch the appraiser’s represented team perform.

Why would I want to be an Appraiser?

Being an Appraiser is a very rewarding experience. We have Appraisers that volunteer each and every year, because they enjoy interacting with the teams so much. It is also a critical role as we would not be able to hold our tournaments without these very important volunteers. For more reasons check out Top Reasons to Be An Appraiser.




Contact us, by emailing or by calling 515-650-8949.

Nov 142014

Science Fair Central is a free resource promoted by Discovery Education. The site is full of science project ideas and instructs students through the scientific process. This site is designed to help students do two things:

  • design and conduct an investigative experiment (investigation)
  • design and engineer a practical solution to a problem (invention)

DI teams can benefit by looking at the project ideas and working through scientific process before developing their solution. So that when the team comes to a point where they need to use technical know-how the team is prepared with ideas on how to move forward. One also never knows how one idea with morph into something else!