California Destination Imagination
California Destination Imaginaton Global Finals Award Recipients
Supercharged Geniuses - Cupertino, Dial M for Meatballs - Redlands, The Other Team - Pleasanton, FDI - Laguna Niguel 
Canceptors - San Ramon, Majority Rules - Dublin, Yikes to the 5th Power - San Clemente
In This Issue
2014 Season Begins
Registration Begins
July 15 
Registration instructions can be found at

June 18, 2014

WELCOME to the first CA Destination Imagination newsletter of the 2014-15 DI season.
This issue is filled with all the subject areas shown on the left-hand side of this page - an article about the new exciting summer challenge, an article about our successful Global Finals teams and more. 
Succeeding issues will have information about team formation, team manager training, team meetings, appraising, how to get involved, team members success stories etc. - Something for everyone.

You will find more information about CA DI at our website

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Unlikely Super Hero Challenge for Teams This Summer
Destination Imagination and the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation are proud to present...the Unlikely Superheroes Challenge! BUT you will have to act quickly as the registration deadline is June 30!! Act now - join this new Challenge. 


Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? The time is NOW! Team up with the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and help to make your world a healthier place. It's time to Think BIG. Start small. Move Fast!


How? Form a team. Register your team by June 30th. Work together to identify what could make your community a healthier place. Empower ordinary people to become superheroes that will transform their communities through innovative and creative solutions.


Why? If chosen, you and your DI team could win a trip to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation in September 2014 to present your winning solution at their TRANSFORM Symposium.

 Team Challenge Criteria:
* The Mayo Clinic Unlikely Superheroes Challenge is open to students entering the 3rd grade in Fall 2014 through recently graduated high school seniors.
* Your team may include up to 7 team members.


Register by sending an e-mail to Kris Bisel containing team name, team manager name, e-mail, city and state of team, team members names, grade, and birthrates 


To download the Mayo Clinic Unlikely Superheroes Challenge,  click here.


2014-15 Destination Imagination Challenge Season Begins July 15

The 2014-15 Season Begins July 15th with the opening of registrations at  The process for registering a team has not changed.  For a description of the registration process, go to Start A Team   The new challenges will be shipped August 1st. There are 7 wonderful challenges to choose from!! You can see the previews at  2014-15 Challenge Previews.

Global Finals 2014

53 teams from California joined 1,412 others from 16 countries, 13 provinces of Canada and 44 states of the U.S at Global Finals 2014 in Knoxville TN, the last week of May.  A total of almost 18,000 people made it the largest Global Finals ever. The sponsor Expo was the largest ever with 30 separate exhibits including NASA, 3M and National Geographic and the U.S. Space Camp. 


All of our teams did an outstanding job at Global Finals in representing California.  Formal awards were given to many of our teams:  Dial M for Meatballs from Redlands, took 1st place in Middle Level Dig In and was also awarded two special awards, a Renaissance award for an exceptional performance with well-crafted Objects & Equipment, plus an entertaining Meatball Murder theme and a Spirit of DI Award for Drawing fans to support all teams and being the Greek chorus for a hoarse announcer. This team spread the spirit of DI.  FDI from Laguna Niguel took first place in Secondary Level Pitch & Play.  The Supercharged Geniuses from Cupertino took Highest Score Instant Challenge for Elementary Tension Builds.  Majority Rules from Dublin took Highest Score Instant Challenge for , The Other Team from Pleasanton took the Highest Score Instant Challenge and 2nd place in Middle Level Pitch and Play and Yikes to the 5th Power from San Clemente took 2nd place in Middle Level Laugh Art Loud.  The Cancerceptors from San Ramon received the Renaissance Award for the integration of unique costumes, songs and dances that symbolized the struggles of cancer patients and their families in the Senior Level of Pitch and Play.

For complete results and much more about Global Finals 2014 click here

CALDI Grows to 545 team in 2013-14
545 Teams along with 628 team managers participated in the Destination Imagination Program in California this last year.  This is a increase of 18%.  To help bring this program to these teams, 1, 957 volunteers did training workshops, appraised at tournaments, and volunteered in many roles at DI events and back office. The CALDI Board would like to sincerely THAN all of these many volunteers for making the Destination Imagination Program Possible
Ignite Campaign a Success!

The Ignite Campaign reached the Goal of raising over $25,000!!  The campaign funds are being uesd to help CALDI grow the program, improve communication, and develop it's wonderful new website.  THANK YOU to all the donors who made this campaign as success!

Help Us to Continue to Grow Destination Imagination In California
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Quick Links
Ignite: Innovation for Education Conference 
From July 24 to 26 in Dallas TX, DI's IGNITE conference, Innovation for Education, will have more than 60 different workshops for all educators and DI volunteers, including Affiliate and Regional Directors, Appraisers and Team Managers, and all Educators!!  Courses on Friday will emphasize DI skills and Saturday's courses will have more of an educator emphasis.  The conference is well worth a trip to Dallas in July.  For more information and registration go to:  

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