Hello All Creative Problem Solvers,
On behalf of the Students for a Creative Iowa (cre8iowa) board, I would like to say THANK YOU for participating in the Destination Imagination® program through the Iowa Affiliate organization, cre8iowa. Whether you are a veteran or a new participant, you should be congratulated on a great season.
To view the State competition results please go Competition Results page. We want to congratulate all of the first place teams in every Challenge and level that have qualified to advance to Global Finals at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville on May 22-25, 2013. If you want to watch as our proud Iowa teams participate in the largest creative thinking and problem solving competition in the world, stay tuned to DITV. Congratulations also to Joe Bantz, Team Manager for West Des Moines team 112-46655, Jenius Gellybeans, for earning a Spirit of DI Award.
If you have not yet done so, this would be a great time to have a DI celebration. Have a party, have the students perform their Challenge one last time, have the parent do an IC, the sky is the limit. I would encourage all teams to celebrate their success, whether that is competitive success and/or successful completion of a journey through the creative process.
Are you asking yourself what (if anything) have you learned from participating? I bet if you start listing all the skills and research factoids, you would be surprised. The 2013 Students for a Creative Iowa Student Scholarship and the 2013 Kitch-Eilerts Memorial Scholarship winner, Virginia Bantz, has some encouraging words on why to participate in DI:
DI has given me the tools I need to easily adapt to new situations, help people use their strengths, and lead those around me to a common goal. And though I have not yet had the opportunity to save the world with a bed sheet and Popsicle sticks, I know I will be ready.
Congratulations Virginia on being selected as this year’s scholarship winner and thank you to all who applied.
If you have more questions after your first year as a participant or you are an old hat at this, you should keep checking out our website, www.cre8iowa.org, and the Members Only Gallery. We have all sorts of materials and activities including ideas on how to keep all those creative juices flowing (stay in DI mode all year), how to get even better at Instant Challenge (you want to take home the new IC medal home don’t you?), how to help jump start your team (it’s never too early to be thinking about next year). Speaking of next year, take a gander at the 2013-14 Challenge Previews. Where do those previews lead you?
Also consider submitting a design for the Pin and T-shirt Design Contest. Please check the Contest page for more details. The 2012 team members of “Deafened by the Sneeze,” in addition to Avery Travis from Fairfield, are co-winners of the 2013 Pin & T-shirt DIsign Contest. Congratulations!
Still have more questions? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Affiliate Director, Students for a Creative Iowa