Wisconsin destination Imagination
blackhawk regional

Creativity - Teamwork - Problem Solving - Fun


2018 Blackhawk Registration/Fees Info
2018 Team T-Shirt Order Form
2018 Schedule for Teams
2018 Blackhawk Scores

If you are a new Team Manager and need some help navigating the ins and outs of Destination Imagination, we are offering a Training on Saturday, Dec. 9th at the Fitchburg Library. It will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. and will be in the Meeting Room on the second floor. A number of experienced people will be available to answer almost any quesyion. We will go over the DI process, Instant Challenges, how to interpret the Central Challenges, etc. We strongly encourage anyone new, or anyone never having had a training, to join us. Please RSVP mark.brylski@wisconsindi.org.

I wish I could have been there!! The teams from our region did Wisconsin proud. We sent seven teams to Globals and all solutions exceeded what they did at State. From what I noticed in the results, the Chinese teams really put it together and took many of the top spots. Not to make excuses, but these teams do have a slight advantage because their local tournaments start earlier, and they can work on their Global solutions over a longer period of time.

But our teams showed they can compete with anyone. In the Scientific Challenge- Elementary Level, The Team With No Name  from Monona Grove School District finished 25th out 63 teams, not bad after being the fifth place team at the Wisconsin tournament. In the Middle Level
, the DI ACES from Middleton Cross Plains School District finished seventh out of 46 teams and can be congratulated on proving that a Wisconsin Wild Card team is just as good as any other team in the world. In the Secondary Level, Those People from Middleton High School finished 29th out of 75 teams. That is a pretty good showing for their first year at the secondary level.

In the Fine Arts Challenge - Elementary Level - Charlie Committed the Crime, from Middleton Cross Plains, finished 6th out of 50 teams. A big CONGRATULATIONS to you. In the Middle Level, Colorless Without A Clue from McFarland had a stellar finish being 12th out of 86 teams, an amazing finish for a team on their first trip to Globals.

In the Middle Level of the Improv Challenge, the DI Dominators from Sacred Hearts School from Sun Prairie also had a very respectable showing placing 18th out 80 teams. And also from Sacred Hearts, in the Middle Level Engineering Challenge, the DI of the Tiger team finished 6th out of 74 teams. And not only that but received a Spirit of DI Award from the appraisal team.

We congratulate all the teams, and hope everyone had a great time. Next year, I hope to be back at Globals and actually witness the great performances.

How does it work?

Students form a team (2-7 members) and recruit a Team Manager (often a parent or teacher) who helps the team stay on track throughout the season, but does not directly help the team with its solution to the DI Challenge. After the team chooses their preferred DI Challenge (i.e., Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts), they then begin working on a solution to that Challenge. Students typically work on solutions for 2-4 months. Teams then have the opportunity to showcase their Challenge solutions to trained Appraisers at a tournament.

Most importantly, students will have fun learning throughout the process and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. They will also learn 21st century skills (creativity,

critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage), step outside of their comfort zones to pursue ideas and make presentations, make new friends and build on their unique strengths.