Who we are:

BC Original Minds Association has been a leader in creative problem-solving programs for British Columbia students since 1983.  Since 1999, BCOMA has held the license to offer Destination Imagination in British Columbia, a project-based learning opportunity that blends STEM with the Arts and social entrepreneurship.  Students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 who participate in Destination Imagination improve in creative and critical thinking, build on their unique strengths, learn how to design and manage a project, and gain communication, critical thinking, creative and collaboration skills.  A board of directors who meet quarterly, guides the organization and supervises the Key staff person (the Affiliate Director). 

Vision: Using imagination to create a better world. 

Mission: We provide programs and experiences that empower learners to develop the skills and creativity to improve their lives and communities.

Values:

  • Innovation: Challenging the impossible
  • Collaboration: Working together to achieve incredible results
  • Risk-Taking: Braving the unknown and having the courage to fail.
  • Diversity: In people, places and thinking.
  • Life-long Learner: Be curious...always.

 

Job Summary:

Looking for a way to channel that creative energy? Do you have or are you interested in cultivating the innovative mindset? This is an incredible opportunity to share your skills with an exciting, fun and engaging Global organization. All board members are required to participate in the policy making, planning, goal setting and evaluation activities relating to all aspects of the British Columbia Original Minds Association (BCOMA) which oversees the Destination Imagination British Columbia Affiliate. Board members assumes legal and ethical accountability for all activities of BCOMA and participates on Board Committees as required, or at the request of the President of the Board of Directors. This is a 3-year appointment.

 General Roles & Responsibilities:

  1. Supports the values and mission of BCOMA.
  2. Makes a personal commitment of time, effort and financial support to the best of their ability.
  3. Attends all Board of Directors meetings.
  4. Prepares for Board decision-making meetings by reviewing all relevant materials prior to each board meeting.
  5. Participates in Board training and orientation programs.
  6. Participates in the:
    1. Development of long term and short-term goals and objectives.
    2. Management and allocation of funds consistent with community needs.
    3. Adoption and monitoring of internal annual budget.
    4. Evaluation of policy implementation and Board growth and development.
    5. Development of sound personnel policies and procedures.
  7. Represents BCOMA and acts as an ambassador at public events. Attends as many of events as possible. 
  8. Participates on one or more Board committees as required
  9. Suggests candidates as future Board members.

 

The Destination Imagination Challenge experience includes six competitive Team Challenges that are rooted in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) concepts. Our Challenges are developed annually with the help of educators, subject matter experts, and qualified volunteers who ensure that our materials cover a wide range of student interests.   Each Challenge inspires students to explore their passions and discover their own talents and abilities. The Team Challenge experience fits well with the new BC curriculum as it encourages development in communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative skills along with developing strong project-management abilities.

Students form teams of up to seven members, select their preferred Challenge, and work together to develop their Challenge solution. Each team has at least one team manager (teacher or parent) who helps keep the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with the team’s solution. In BC, schools may use the program to enhance classroom curriculum although we recommend that teams take advantage of the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their innovative Challenge solutions project at a tournament. Our teams of trained appraisers provide valuable and positive feedback to teams at our tournaments.

September to October

  • Request your free Team Challenge pack
  • Select Team members/set meeting days/times
  • Elementary Level teams – Grade 3 – 5
  • Middle Level Teams – Grade 6 – 8
  • Secondary Level Teams – Grade 9 – 12

November to December

  • Follow the Roadmap (the how-to guide facilitate a team/team building/idea generation and selection tools).
  • Attend Team Manager Training
  • Team selects Challenge
  • Practice Instant Challenges

January to April

  • Create Challenge Solution to present at tournaments
  • Regional tournaments in early March
  • Provincial Tournament April 6, 2019

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