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Training & Workshop Information


Register online for ISD 287 workshops here! Please register, even for free events, so we can be prepared.

Oct 14, Metro Area MN DI Information Night, 6:30-8:00 PM, Free, ISD 287
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.

ISD 287, 1820 Xenium Lane North, Plymouth 55441
Click here for a map to ISD 287.

Nov 9, Team Manager Workshop, 9-4 or 1/2 day options: $35 for the day, $20 for half day, AM or PM,ISD 287  Details coming soon!
We welcome ALL TMs to the entire Workshop day!

The AM session will be a Team Manager Extravaganza, covering all aspects of team managing. Offering three separate sessions: we will walk through the entire DI season with new team managers, discuss tips and tricks and advanced techniques with experienced team managers; and present Rising Stars! team managers with the ABCs for our youngest DI’ers.

The PM sessions will focus on skills building, and will include an IC session with all team managers, and brief presentations on Interference,  Team Choice Elements and Improv techniques for all teams.

All Team Managers are invited to a lunch time round-table discussion about the Challenges from noon to 1 PM.  Please bring your own lunch.

Dec 7, Jan 11 and Jan 25, Instant Challenge Workshops for teams, 9-12 or 1-4, $60/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 7, 9-12 or 1-4, South Education Center, Richfield
7450 Penn Ave S, Richfield 55423

Jan 11, 9-12 or 1-4, Johnsville Elementary School, Blaine
991 125th Ave NE, Blaine 55434

Jan 25, 9-12 or 1-4, Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy, Champlin Park
6100 109th Ave N, Champlin 55316

All elementary and middle level teams must be accompanied by an adult.

No walk in registrations, as training materials are put together for only confirmed registered teams.

Dec 14, Hands-On Skills for Teams, 9-12 and 1-4, $60/team, ISD 287 
Back by popular demand! This session will give teams hands-on experience with all kinds of tools and gizmos, focusing on developing some skills and familiarity with Tools and Safety, Woodworking, Basic Electronics and Simple Machines. Develop skills for most Challenges!

Dec 14, Rising Stars! IC Circus, 9:45-11 or 11:30-12:45, $35/team, ISD 287  
2 sessions! 9:45-11:00 and 11:30-12:45. Instant Challenge practice for our early learners! A fun hands-on morning for our rising DI stars! All teams must be accompanied by an adult. 

Jan 11, Engineering Challenge Structure Workshop for teams, 9-12 and 1-4, $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.

Jan 11, 9-12 and 1-4, Johnsville Elementary, Blaine
991 125th Ave NE, Blaine 55434

Jan 11, Jan 18, and Jan 25, Brave New Workshop Improvisation Boot Camps!, 9-12, $175/team (up to seven members) or $100 (up to three members)
Registration link will be up soon!
Our pals at the Brave New Workshop Student Union are offer their famous Improvisation Boot Camps for any DIers, grades 4-12!  

The folks and classes at BNW are AWESOME!!! Improv is for EVERYONE!! Amp your Instant Challenge and your Team Challenge solutions with your improv skills!

All sessions 9-12 at the Brave New Workshop Student Union
727 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis 55403

Feb 1, 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 1, Appraiser Training, ISD 287, Free
Interactive registration form to sign up to be an MN DI Appraiser coming soon! See -Get Involved – Volunteer

11:00-11:15 Registration for New Team Challenge Appraisers
11:15-12:00 Intro to DI for New Team Challenge Appraisers
11:45-12:00 Registration for Returning Team Challenge Appraisers
12:00-12:30 General Session for all Team Challenge Appraisers
1:00-3:00 Sessions with Affiliate Challenge Masters by Challenge, for all Team Challenge Appraisers


Please register online for Regional workshops so we can be prepared:

11/7, North Metro Team Manager Training, 9-3, Free
Register here.
9:00-12:00 General Session for New Team Managers – introduction to DI
1:00-3:00 Tournament Information, What’s New and Instant Challenge for all Team Managers

Staff Development Center, 2727 Ferry Road, Anoka

11/15, Great Lakes Team Manager Training, 5:00-7:30Free
Register here
5:00-7:30 General Session for all Team Managers

Proctor High School Media Center, 131 N 9th Ave, Proctor

12/10, East Metro Team Manager Training, 6:30-8:30, Free
Register here.
6:30-8:30 PM General Session for all Team Managers

Harding High School Library, 1540 6th St E, St Paul

TBD, Great Lakes Region Instant Challenge Workshop
Registration form coming soon.
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Proctor High School