Oct 042015

The 2015-16 Iowa Membership Registration Form is now available! Go to the Iowa Membership Registration webpage to get started or click on either of the links below.

The deadline to register for the Early Bird discount is January 15, 2016.

Registering your team for an Iowa Membership costs $75* and grants you access to all the cre8iowa provided activities, programming, and support through blog, e-mail and phone calls, Online Training for Team Managers & Coordinators, an in-person Training Workshop for Team Managers & Coordinators, Appraiser Training; access to cre8iowa Member Content, and participation at Iowa tournaments. You also have exclusive access to other training opportunities where participation is offered for an additional fee. For more details, visit  Iowa Membership Registration webpage.


*If you register by the Early Bird deadline.

Sep 232015
Images courtesy of Stuart Miles from FreeDigitPhotos.net
Images courtesy of Stuart Miles from FreeDigitPhotos.net

Creative thinking skills has been flagged as an essential 21st century skill by many entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and educators. Sir Ken Robinson made the case for creativity as the crucial 21st century skill we’ll need to solve today’s pressing problems in September 2009 issue of Teaching for the 21st Century. Helping student develop creative thinking skills can take less time than you think. Try using the Games That Stimulate Creativity exercises below with your students and see how they develop.

Games That Stimulate Creativity was developed by McGrawHill Education for the Glencoe Online Teacher Site.



Everyone has some degree of creativity. Each of these exercises will help your students increase their ability to solve problems creatively. Select from the 11 exercises below.

While completing the exercises, students shouldn’t race through just to see the answers. They should work at each game until they develop the perspective necessary to play it well. Each exercise is designed to demonstrate an important point that should be mastered before going on to the next challenge.

Try to keep students from becoming discouraged. In learning to master creative problem solving, the best way—and sometimes the only way—is to learn through mistakes. Fear of making mistakes is often the most inhibiting attitude to effective problem solving.


Sep 122015
Check out the great post below  written by Melissa Dick from the Destination Imagination Blog.

About the Author: Melissa Dick is in her sixth year of being a Team Manager and gets teary-eyed every year during the Welcome Ceremony at Global Finals. In addition to being the Affiliate Growth Director for Tennessee Destination Imagination, she’s a writer, artist, mom of two boys, creativity nut and avid Doctor Who fan.

So you think you might sign up for this ‘Team Manager’ thing for the very first time? You and your team are in for an amazing journey of a lifetime. However, starting any new position can feel overwhelming. Here are eight tips to help you best manage your team this season:

  1. Find a Co-Team Manager. Grab a friend and ask them to be your partner in crime. Maybe one of you oversees the Team Challenge part of the meetings, and the other is the Instant Challenge guru.
  2. Find a mentor. Whether or not you have a co-manager, you’ll definitely want a mentor. Find someone else who is or has been a Team Manager, and put them on speed dial. You’ll have questions (Can I say this, or is it Interference?) or frustrations (One member is monopolizing the meetings! How do I handle it?) and you might just want someone to talk to who just gets it (Wow—let me tell you what they came up with in their Instant Challenge practice. It was amazing!)
  3. Go to Team Manager training. Clear your calendar and go. You’ll be glad you did. Yes, some training tools are available online, but it is no replacement for being in the room with other new and experienced Team Managers. Ask questions. Make friends. (See #2.) Also, there are usually snacks.
  4. Read. Read the Rules of the Road. Read the Roadmap. Read the Team Challenge. The materials that Destination Imagination provides are invaluable. The Roadmap will take you through every meeting–and you can follow it precisely or improvise. The Rules of the Road will answer so many questions about what you and the team can and can’t do. And the Team Challenge? You and your team will have that nearly memorized by the time the season is over. This is a great teaching opportunity for the team—read the directions. (And this is where they will learn to embrace the beloved DI adage, If it doesn’t say you can’t, then you can!)
  5. Get volunteers. They may not have been able to be the Team Manager, but parents are grateful for what you’re doing and are great for more than just bringing snacks and carpooling. Ask them to bring Instant Challenge supplies or make a donation to your dollar store run. Do a skills and talents survey of parents—what skills might they be able to teach the team? Sewing, drilling, writing a song? You’ll also be glad to have an extra set of eyes on the day that the tools come out. Nothing like handing a group of fourth graders a hacksaw and then standing back. (Safety first!)
  6. Learn how to ask questions and listen. It is hard not to tell the team how to do something, or give them suggestions, but you’ll be surprised at the ideas that they’ll come up with that, frankly, are better than yours. Remember, no Interference! But you can and should ask open-ended questions that will get them thinking.
  7. Laugh. Have fun with the team. Be goofy sometimes. They’ll appreciate it and so will you.
  8. Enjoy the process. Congratulations—you’ve just made a life-changing decision for them and for you. You’re going to see these team members become leaders, learn how to work together, persevere and cheer each other on. These kids won’t ever forget you or what they accomplished during the season. And some of them may never leave your ‘family.


Sep 012015

Students for a Creative Iowa, more commonly known as cre8iowa, opens the 2015-16 Destination Imagination® program in Iowa. Students from around the state are able to solve their choice of an open-ended Challenge, newly developed and released for the 2015-16 program year. “I am excited to see how the students solve this year’s Challenges,” says Alisha Day, the Affiliate Director of Students for a Creative Iowa. “Iowa students may have a hard time deciding which Challenge to solve with the different opportunities to build a musical structure, develop a vehicle that moves a team member, create a camouflage set piece, play detective, have a close encounter, or produce a meme.”

Iowa teams can get started by purchasing their 2015-16 Challenge Program Team Number. For each DI Team Number you purchase, you will receive one set of the printed Program Materials to be shipped on 9/1/15. The printed Program Materials include the Team Challenges Book, Roadmap Book, and Rules of the Road Book. You also receive access to these materials electronically. Order now by going to the Destination Imagination Store.

The Destination Imagination® (DI) program is a 21st century learning programming that is cross-curricular and complements K-12 education by fostering curiosity, courage and creativity. The DI program is developed by Destination Imagination Inc, a 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity through teaching the creative process. In Iowa, the Destination Imagination program is administered by Students for a Creative Iowa, also known as cre8iowa, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which is staffed entirely by volunteers.

Destination Imagination annually impacts:

DI Annual Impact


Still need more information? Visit our New to DI page for brochures, handouts, and videos!

Aug 112015

Check out the blog post below for the Destination Imagination® blog.

As a volunteer-led non-profit organization, we rely heavily on sponsorships to make sure we keep the cost associated with our program as low as possible for our participants. But we’re not asking for your money, we’re asking for your vote!

Now through August 23, Microsoft is celebrating organizations and people who do great things through its #UpgradeYourWorld campaign. They’ve identified nine global non-profits, and now need your help in choosing the 10th. The organization that receives the most votes will receive a $500,000 donation.  

Help us continue to turn inspiration into action and reach more students worldwide by telling Microsoft how Destination Imagination has benefited and empowered you. Share your story through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, tag Destination Imagination (see social media handles below) and include the#UpgradeYourWorld and #vote hashtags.

Destination Imagination doesn’t cure cancer or end world hunger, but we help inspire and teach the kids who will go on to do these things and truly make a difference in the world. With your help, we can inspire more kids who can and help them become the next generation of creative thinkers, innovators and leaders. 

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