Our Appraisers are a vital component of Students for a Creative Iowa and our Tournaments. Without these volunteers, we could not have a successful tournament for our participants to showcase their solutions. To all our past and current Appraisers, THANK YOU!

Are you new to the Destination Imagination® program? Watch the following videos to learn more about the program and what you can do to help!

We encourage all current and future Appraisers to read the 2014-15 Appraiser Guide, to review the Iowa Tournament Policies, and to take the DI University Appraiser Training course found HERE. If you are planning to appraise Instant Challenge, you will find the Instant Challenge Appraiser Guide to be helpful.

We also encourage all interested Volunteers to fill out the online Code of Conduct found HERE. Note you will need to have a DI account or to sign-up for a new account. Make sure you indicate that you belong to the Iowa Affiliate! Please note, that all DI volunteers are required to fill out and sign a Code of Conduct form. However, Students for a Creative Iowa will provide hard copy forms as an alternative for the online Code of Conduct at Trainings and Tournaments.

Please note that each competitive and non-competitive team that participates in Challenges A-E plus projectOUTREACH® at a cre8iowa-sponsored tournament must provide a 2017-trained Appraiser. For a team to perform at the Sub-state and State Tournaments, its trained Challenge Appraiser must appraise at both Tournaments. Although a projectOUTREACH® team will perform only at the State Tournament, its Appraiser must appraise at both Tournaments. These rules ensure that all teams have an adequate number of well-trained Appraisers to watch, enjoy, and award points for team performances at each Tournament. Please note that the team’s Appraiser is NOT allowed to leave the assigned challenge site to watch the appraiser’s represented team perform.

If you are not representing a team and would like to volunteer, please fill out the following online form: Friend of cre8iowa volunteer registration form

Appraiser training involves one full day of training on one of three Saturdays in February, plus two full days of service at both Tournaments, i.e., the Sub-state Tournament and the State Tournament. Appraiser training dates (choose one) are as follows:

  • February 11th, 2017 (Saturday). Eastern Regional Appraiser Training
    • Kirkwood Community College
    • 1816 Lower Muscatine Rd.,  Iowa City, IA 52240
    • Check-In: Room ICCR 255
  • February 18th, 2017 (Saturday). Central Region Appraiser Training
    • Ames Middle School
    • 3915 Mortensen Road, Ames, IA 50014
    • Check-In: Commons

You should arrive at 9 am to check-in/register. Training runs 10 am to 3 pm. In order to check-in, you should bring with you:

  • Your imagination
  • A pencil/pen
  • $6 for lunch (or bring your own sack lunch)

Returning Appraisers who appraised in both 2015 and 2016:
You may pre-select your Challenge, as logistics allow, prior to training by e-mailing your request to:  prior to Feb 10th, 2017.

All Rising Stars!® teams must provide one volunteer at the Sub-state Tournament who will serve in a non-scoring support capacity for 3 to 4 hours. Rising Stars!® volunteers are not required to attend training. They will receive further information via email from  closer to the time of the Tournament.

Want to learn more about volunteering to be an Appraiser? Have any questions or concerns? Email us at