Did you know that program materials for the 2011-12 program season can now be downloaded? All you have to do is purchase a single or 5-Team Pak by credit card, signed purchase order or check by visiting ShopDI. Once your payment is verified, you can download your program materials from the Resource Area of IDODI. (Use the same email address and password you used at ShopDI). A single-Team Pak costs $135, a 5-Team Pak is $390, and a Rising Stars!® Team Pak costs $55. Do you need to upgrade one or more Team-Paks to a 5-Team Pak? No problem—there is an upgrade package available. Single teams or Rising Stars!® teams may be either school or community-based, while 5-Team Paks may be purchased either by a school or a recognized community group (such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H Club, PTA/PTO group (and so on). A preview of this year’s Challenges is available for download HERE. Do you need materials to hold an information meeting? Visit our Recruiting Kit page HERE and download the materials you need.
Vote NOW for Pin & T-Shirt DIsign
To kick off the new program season, Students for a Creative Iowa is asking all Iowa DI participants (both students and volunteers) to vote HERE for their favorite pin and T-shirt design. Manufacturing requirements demand that a design be submitted early in the program season, so over the summer 15 designs were submitted by Iowa students. Please review these designs and vote for your favorite single-pin or T-shirt design no later than Friday, September 9th. The final design will be selected by the Board, based on such factors as ballot results, cost, ease of reproduction and other criteria. To date, only a small number of participants have registered their votes. Please make your preference known!
Plan a Team Meeting
Not ready to purchase a Team Pak? Many schools or groups meet early in the program season, despite the fact that they have not yet purchased a Team Pak. The period before a team purchases a Team Pak and/or chooses its Team Challenge is a wonderful time to encourage teamwork through warm-ups and games, to practice creative problem-solving by exploring Instant Challenges, and to learn new skills—particularly with regard to making materials work. Team Managers and Coordinators can help their students learn new skills by exploring the materials in these upcoming posts written by Co-Affiliate Director (Co-AD) Alisha Heisterkamp and Co-Affiliate Training Director (Co-ATD) Judy Nolan:
- The Possibilities of Duct Tape
- A Lesson From Cardboard
- From Sewage to Sets and Everything in Between
- Don’t Eat That!
- Manipulating That Sheet of Paper
- The Possibilities of Hook-and-Loop Tape
- Choosing Paint Products That Work
- Sewing Notions: A Variety of Connectors
The first post will appear next week, following by a new post each subsequent week. Consider holding mini-workshops around each of the materials described in these posts.
Finally, welcome to all returning participants and to new ones. Questions about the program? Email Judy Nolan at: firstname.lastname@example.org