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Training & Workshop Information

Metro Trainings and Workshops
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 information and descriptions. 

Oct 17, Metro Area MN DI Information Night, 6:30-8:00 PM, free, ISD 287 (click for map)
For DI Program Coordinators, new team managers, interested parties, folks new to the program – anyone who wants an overview of what the season will entail.

Nov 12, Team Manager Workshop, 9-4 or 1/2 day options: $35 for the day, $20 for half day, AM or PM, ISD 287

We welcome ALL TMs to the entire Workshop day!

TM Skills: The AM session is focused for new team managers with a walk through an entire DI season, and will include brief sessions on Instant Challenge (IC) and Improv. We will cover all aspects of team managing.

All Team Managers are invited to the lunch time round-table discussion about the Challenges at lunch, beginning at noon.  

Intro to Technical Skills for Team Managers: New for the afternoon! The PM session will focus on developing TM familiarity with Tools and Safety, Woodworking, Basic Electronics and Simple Machines. 

Don’t miss the afternoon sessions, returning TMs!

Dec 10, Jan 7 and Jan 21, Instant Challenge Workshops for teams, 9-12, $55/team
These half-day workshops for Teams and Team Managers will give you BOTH the opportunity to practice several instant challenges.  Demystify Instant Challenge!  Your team will engage in a round robin intensive IC session for a morning.  Observe different creative strategies and techniques for solving all different types of ICs, and boost your confidence in this hands-on, FUN workshop!  Led by experienced Team Managers, Challenge Masters, IC Appraisers, and long-time DI’ers, your team will leave feeling on top of IC!

Dec 10, 9-12, South Education Center, Richfield This session is full!
Jan 7, 9-12, Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy, Champlin Park This session is full!
Jan 21, 9-12, Johnsville Elementary School, Blaine (priority for North Metro Region teams) This session is full!

Please contact Kim Kallroos at to be put on a wait list. We are looking at the possibility of adding teams to the December 10 AM date and a PM option on January 7. This will depend on whether we find more trainers! No walk in registrations, as training materials are put together for only confirmed registered teams.

Dec 10, Jan 7, Engineering Challenge Structure Workshop for teams, 1-4 PM$30/team
Structure Teams!  Check out this great training JUST FOR YOU. We will cover all the basics, including how to test a structure, what to expect at weigh-in, how scoring a structure works, understanding materials, and a little bit of everything that will be especially helpful to newer teams to the challenge.

Dec 10, 9-12, South Education Center, Richfield CANCELLED due to low registration.
Jan 7, 1-4, Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy, Champlin

Jan 7, 14 and 21, Brave New Workshop Improvisation Boot Camps!
 January 7th and January 14th dates are sold out!
Our pals at the Brave New Workshop Student Union are offering THREE of their famous Improvisation Boot Camps for any DIers, ages 9-18!
 Click here to register directly with BNW, or go to the Brave New Workshop Student Union to register there. Max of 30 team members per session.

All sessions 9-12 at the Brave New Workshop Student Union, located at 727 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis. They will be AWESOME!!! Improv is for EVERYONE!! Amp your Instant Challenge and your Team Challenge solutions!

Feb 4, Meet the Challenge Masters, 9-11, at ISD 287, Free
Meet face to face with our MN DI Affiliate Challenge Masters, who will answer your questions about the season’s upcoming Tournaments, and describe tournament day procedures for each Challenge.  This is like having a secret weapon!  Don’t miss this opportunity!  Open to all Team Managers and Secondary Level Teams.

Feb 4, Appraiser Training, 11-3 at ISD 287, Free
Use the interactive registration form to sign up to be an MN DI Appraiser!  -Get Involved – Volunteer

Regional Trainings and Workshops

Nov 10, Team Manager Workshop, 9-3:30, Anoka-Hennepin Staff Development Center, $20 (free to Anoka-Hennepin TMs ONLY)

New Team Managers 9-3:30 
Experienced Team Managers, Instant Challenge, Improv and Team Choice Elements 1-:3:30

Dec 8, Team Manager/Instant Challenge Workshop, 7-9 PM Harding High School Library, St Paul, $20  Corrected date! Thursday, 12/8/16

Oct 29, Team Manager Workshop, 8:30-12:30, Moorhead High School  (click here to register)

Nov 5, Instant Challenge Workshop, 10-12, Moorhead High School

Jan 7, Mid Year Summit, Moorhead High School

Mar 11, Appraiser Training, Moorhead High School

Click here for the Northern MN Training schedule.

Nov 15, Coordinator Meeting, 6-7 PM Proctor High School Media Center

Nov 15, Team Manager Workshop, 7-8 PM Proctor High School Media Center Dessert provided ($5).

We will cover starting a team, what practices look like, Instant Challenges, tournament day, moving an experienced team forward, and MN and global tournaments.

Jan 14, Theater Workshop, 9:00-11:00 AM, Proctor High School, Free Elementary only

Jan 14, Improv Pizza Jam, 11:30-1, Proctor High School, $20/team or $5/person Middle and high school only

Feb 11, Instant Challenge Workshop, 10-12, Proctor High School, $20/team or $5/person