By Daniella D’Souza

Welcome to the HES DI Information Session!

Presented by Daniella D’Souza

Founder & CEO

Heritage Robotics Academy, LLC

We Ignite a Passion for Computer Science and Robotics through collaboration

Empowering the next generation of

Creative Problem Solvers

Creativity -- It’s Our Future

Destination Imagination teaches students the skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. We use challenge-based learning to give them the opportunity to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. The result is that students pre-K through college learn social and emotional intelligence, literacy, and how to proactively solve problems. Through these experiences kids create new neural pathways in their brains that will move them to higher-order thinking and to a new level of self-efficacy. Together, we can change the world, one team at a time!

Destination Imagination (Continued..)

  • Empowers students with the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond.
  • Students participate in high-quality, project-based learning challenges that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship.
  • These challenges help bridge the gap between what students learn in school and the skills needed to lead the future.
  • Founded more than 30 years ago, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 1.5 million students worldwide and has become a leading trusted development resource for students and educators.

Core Principles



Problem Solving

Have Fun!


  • Open to students in K - University
  • 3 - 5th Grade - Competitive -Team size up to 7 members

Min size - 2 members

Ideal size - 4-5 members

  • K - 2nd Grade (Non Competitive)

Early Learning / Rising Stars

Min size - 2 members

Mid-Cities policy is that Rising Star teams may have a maximum of 9 team members.

  • One Team Manager, Co-Team Manager, Volunteer Appraiser, Site Helper per team
  • Season lasts from September - May
  • Tournaments between Feb. and April
  • After-School Program

DI Tournament Challenge

  • Team Challenge

  • Instant Challenge

2017 - 18 Team Challenge Previews

2017 - 18 Rising Stars / Early Learning Challenge Preview

Friends Everywhere

2017 - 18 Competitive Team (Grades 3 - 5)

2017 - 18 Instant Challenge Preview

25% of Total Score.

5-8 mins. to solve challenge

Need help understanding what solving a Team Challenge involves?

DI is a program that you have to experience to really understand. It may help for you to watch some team solution presentation. Visit the Team Solution Videos page of the Destination Imagination Resource WIKI and watch some performances.

  • When you get to the Video page click on a year ("2009" for instance).
  • A page will open up titled "Videos of Team's Solutions to 2009 Challenges".
  • It is easier to understand a team's solution presentation if you have an idea of the requirements of the challenges. At the top of the page you will see a link titled "Synopses of 2009 Challanges". Click on this link and you can read the synopses of the challenges. Read the synopses before selecting one of the challenges to watch. You might find it informative to watch several videos of the same challenge to see the variety of ways teams solve the challenges.


Students compete in the Regional tournament and have the opportunity to advance to State and Global Tournaments.

Refer to the Resources section for information about dates and cost involved for participation.

Is your child Interested in joining a team. Here is how you can help.

We need parent volunteers to fill the following roles

  • HES School Coordinator
  • Make sure all teams have the proper paperwork completed and payments for registration or tournaments done online in a timely manner.
  • Serves as the communication link between district and state coordinators for Team Managers.
  • Serves as the communication link between School Principal \ PTA and Team Managers.
  • Check local and state DI websites every few weeks.
  • Make sure email and phone number are current with Lisa Massey and Tejal Shah

Laura Slackney - HES School Coordinator

Lisa Massey - GCISD District Coordinator

Tejal Shah - GCISD Council of PTAs CPS (Creative Problem Solving) Coordinator

2) Team Manager

  • Sets up Team Account with Texas DI
  • Spends approximately 2-4 hours per week at your home with your team to work through the steps of the challenge they choose.
  • Attend Team Manager Training
  • Practice teamwork exercises and instant challenge elements
  • November - Register and pay for team’s participation in the mid cities regional tournament that is held in late February.
  • Serves as a “Manager” - provides skills and learning opportunities to a team that will make their own solution ideas work rather than as a “Coach” - provides solution options for their team to win ‘’

3) Co - Team Manager

  • Serves as an Aide to the Team Manager.
  • Helps ease the workload of the Team Manager
  • Coordinate snacks, materials collection for Instant Challenge Practice for meetings.
  • Should be able to step up as a backup if Team Manager is unable to fulfill role on day of tournament

4) Team Treasurer

  • Tracks the Expenses incurred by the team
  • Manages the Team Petty Cash

5) Tournament Appraiser (1 Volunteer) per Team

  • Attend ½ day training in January
  • Serve as appraiser for entire tournament day (Feb. 24th)
  • Someone that does not need to see the Team performance (Teachers/staff at school, friends/neighbors, prospective Team Managers)
  • Should not be immediate family of Team Member

6) Tournament Site Helper ( 1 Volunteer) per team

  • Help on day of tournament in a variety of areas (1-2 hours)
  • Can be a team parent
  • Duties scheduled so they do not miss child’s performance

What does it cost?

Approx. $80.00 per team member.

(Does not include cost for Skill building workshops and T-Shirts)


  • GCISD DI Team Member Registration
  • GCISD DI Important Dates
  • 2017 DI Cost

Useful Websites


Thank you for viewing this presentation. Please feel free to contact me or Laura Slackney (HES DI Coordinator 2017-18) if you have any questions!

Daniella D’Souza

(817) 689 3134

Laura Slackney

(817) 307 5866

HES DI Presentation (2017-18) - Google Slides