Global Finals 2014

Skills Workshops

Broadway Master Class: Script Writing



Taught by an acclaimed Tony and Drama Desk nominated Broadway script writer, this workshop will explore the development of creating a theatrical world through script writing.  You will explore the importance of plot development and story for the stage. Not all stories on paper translate for the stage; there is a special art to making the writer's voice on paper heard and understood through the actors on a stage. Creating a script for the stage or a presentation takes practice, lots of imagination and a lot of times collaborative teamwork. Explore the world of theatrical script writing and walk away with skills and tools to improve your scripts for next year’s DI season and future theatrical endeavors!   

•    Friday, May 23rd 9:00am-10:30am
•    Friday, May 23rd 11:00am-12:30pm
•    $30/participant
•    100 slots available
•    Kids ONLY!
•    KCC-Lecture Hall


Broadway Master Class: Visual Arts and Sculpture



Learn how to envision a “big picture” and determine the versatility and synthesis of skills needed to create it in this workshop taught by a noted, professional Master Visual Artist. You will tackle novel challenges, rather than solve routine problems, imagine alternative possibilities, and then make them real. The instructor will guide you through exercises which will help you to both live in and exercise your right brain. You will discover your own and others' heretofore-hidden qualities and strengths; empathize with other points of view; “Play well with others" as they listen; communicate; give and take; and find inspiration and motivation by working with an artist of singular passion and unique skill. Participants will need to wear comfortable clothing, as well as socks and closed-toed shoes, to the class.

•    Thursday, May 22nd 1:30pm-3:00m
•    Thursday, May 22nd 3:30pm-5:00pm
•    Friday, May 23rd 9:00am-10:30am
•    Friday, May 23rd 11:00am-12:30pm
•    $30/participant
•    30 slots available/session
•    Kids ONLY!
•    TRECS-Studio #9


Broadway Master Class: Acting and Improvisational Theatre



Taught by an acclaimed Broadway and Tony nominated actress, these classes will be structured and designed to help you prepare for the theatrical world in which your presentations are based.  Through improvisation, theater techniques and skills, you will learn how to improve upon your understanding of what it means to be "present" and "focused" on stage.  You will also gain an understanding of what it means to "break character” and" "live in the moment," as well as how to create a theatrical world around yourself and be theatrically present on stage, in order to keep the focus on your presentation. Participants will need to wear comfortable clothing, as well as socks and closed-toed shoes, to the class.

•    Friday, May 23rd 1:30pm-3:00pm (EL/MD)
•    Friday, May 23rd 3:30pm-5:00pm (SD/UL)
•    Saturday, May 24th 9:00am-10:30am (EL/MD)
•    Saturday, May 24th 11:00am-12:30pm (SD/UL)
•    $30/participant
•    30 slots available/session
•    Kids ONLY!
•    TRECS-Studio #9


Broadway Master Class: Broadway Dance and Choreography



Taught by an acclaimed Broadway Master and award-winning choreographer, these classes will take your performance skills to the next level!  This workshop will help you become in-tune with your body as you learn how it relates to the presentation space around you.  You will have to stretch your imagination and your body to push yourself beyond your current physical limits. You will learn how to connect to your emotions physically, which will lead to enhancing your physical life on stage.  You will learn the importance of movement in theater and have fun while creating movement of your own in a safe environment. You will be able to take these skills home and put them to use to improve your theatrical skills for years to come! Participants will need to wear comfortable clothing, as well as socks and closed toed shoes, or appropriate dance attire to the class.

•    Wednesday, May 21st 10:00am-11:30am (EL/MD)
•    Wednesday, May 21st 2:00pm-3:30pm (SD/UL)
•    Thursday, May 22nd 9:00am-10:30am (EL//MD)
•    Thursday, May 22nd 11:00am-12:30pm (SD/UL)
•    $30/participant
•    30 slots available/session
•    Kids ONLY!
•    TRECS-Studio #11


Wicky! Wicky! The Art of DJing



Immerse yourself in the art of DJing and learn from some of the best! DJ KB (Indiana Pacers DJ) and DJ Noodle will teach the basic skills behind being a professional DJ in this super fun and EXTREMELY awesome class! Begin to develop your rhythmic and musical style, while being exposed to today’s leading DJ technology. Our dynamic DJ duo will take you through the basic fundamentals of DJing and who knows... by the end of the class, you could be throwing your own party!

•    Friday, May 23rd 9:00am-10:30am
•    Friday, May 23rd 3:30pm-5:00pm
•    Saturday, May 24th 9:00am-10:30am
•    $25/participant
•    20 slots per session
•    Kids ONLY!
•    TRECS Studio #11


Hip-Hop!



Join our team of high-energy, professional choreographers for a 90-minute introductory-level Hip-Hop lesson! This class provides a structured method of learning various Hip-Hop dance movements in a fun-filled and vibrant class environment. Participants in this Hip-Hop class will be asked to be a part of the Global Finals Closing Celebration! Participants will need to wear comfortable clothing, as well as socks and closed-toed shoes, to the class. Participants only need to sign up for one lesson, as the content will be the same for each class. No prior dance experience is necessary to participate. More information regarding the Closing Celebration performance will be shared at the lesson.

•    Thursday, May 22nd 1:30pm-3:00pm
•    Thursday, May 22nd 3:30pm-5:00pm
•    Friday, May 23rd 11:00am-12:30pm
•    Friday, May 23rd 1:30pm-3:00pm
•    $30/participant
•    65 participants/session
•    Open to adults and kids


Tricking Out Your Tech!



Led by Terry Whitmire, former 14-year Team Manager and entrepreneur, this exciting and hands-on workshop will have your team learning how to use simple machines in unusual ways to improve on technical elements for future DI Challenge solutions. No experience required.

•    Wednesday, May 21st 2:00pm-3:00pm
•    Thursday, May 22nd 9:00am-10:00am
•    Thursday, May 22nd 2:00pm-3:00pm
•    Thursday, May 22nd 3:30pm-4:30pm
•    Friday, May 23rd 9:00am-10:00am
•    Friday, May 23rd 2:00pm-3:00pm
•    Friday, May 23rd 3:30pm-4:30pm
•    Saturday. May 24th 9:00am-10:00am
•    $20/participant
•    15 participants/session
•    KCC-Hall A: Engineering Lab
•    Kids ONLY!


How Does 3D Printing Work?



What is 3D printing? Learn about how 3D printing works and how you can use free, open-source software to print. This workshop will talk you through the whole process to show you what you have to do to print in 3D. This free demonstration is highly recommended for those who are interested in participating in the 3D Printing Lab sessions. This workshop will be presented by Deezmaker 3D Printers from Pasadena, California.

•    Wednesday, May 21st 10:30am-11:30am (EL/MD)
•    Wednesday, May 21st 2:00pm-3:00pm (SD/UL)
•    Thursday, May 22nd 9:00am-10:00am (EL/MD)
•    Thursday, May 22nd 1:00pm-2:00pm (SD/UL)
•    Friday, May 23rd 9:00am-10:00am (EL/MD)
•    Friday, May 23rd 1:00pm-2:00pm (SD/UL)
•    Saturday, May 24th 9:00am-10:00am (EL/MD)
•    FREE but still need to register
•    30 slots available/session
•    KCC-Exhibit Hall A:  3D Printing Lab
•    Open to adults and kids


3D Printing Lab



Come and see 3D printers in action, and maybe print something you have designed yourself! Several 3D printers will be available with staff to help with developing a model and printing. (Note: It is suggested that you take the How Does 3D Printing Work? session first.) Workshop will be presented by Deezmaker 3D Printers, Pasadena, CA. *Participants are not required to stay the entire 2.5 hours but are welcome to utilize the time to create more complex 3D models.

•    Thursday, May 22nd 10:00am-12:30pm
•    Thursday, May 22nd 2:00pm-4:30pm
•    Friday, May 23rd 10:00am-12:30am
•    Friday, May 23rd 2:00pm-4:30pm
•    Saturday, May 24th 10:00am-12:30am
•    Saturday, May 24th 2:00pm-4:30pm
•    $25/Participant
•    20 slots available/session
•    Open to adults and kids - Must be 13 or older to participate.


Songwriting



Team up with the dynamic duo of American Idol’s Rachel Hale (DI Alumna) and The Voice contestant, Tony Williams, to learn the art and techniques of songwriting. You will be equipped with the skills necessary to assist Rachel and Tony with writing the first official Destination Imagination song! Participants in this Songwriting workshop will also be asked to be a part of the Global Finals Closing Celebration! More information regarding the Closing Celebration performance will be shared at the workshop.

•    Thursday, May 22nd 10:00am-11:30am
•    Thursday, May 22nd 2:00pm-3:30pm
•    Friday, May 23rd 10:00am-11:30am
•    Friday, May 23rd 2:00pm-3:30pm
•    $30/participant
•    20 slots per session
•    Kids ONLY! Must be 12 or older to participate.
•    UT Conferences Building-Room 417


Can You Find the Evidence?



Calling all Forensic Scientists! A crime has been committed and we need your help to solve the mystery. In this workshop, you will use a common tool of the forensic scientist, an alternate light source, to see evidence that you may not be able to see with only your eyes.  Come see how fingerprints and trace evidence can fluoresce and help us solve the crime!

•    Wednesday, May 21st 9:00am-10:00am
•    Thursday, May 22nd 9:00am-10:00am
•    Friday, May 23rd 9:00am-10:00am
•    Saturday, May 24th 9:00am-10:00am
•    $20/participant
•    14 participants/session
•    Ages 12 and under
•    KCC-Hall A: Science Lab


Crime Scene Investigation and the Math Behind the Madness!



Love to make messes? Come to this workshop and create fake bloodstain patterns to simulate a crime scene!  You will learn the properties of blood and the trigonometric functions used to make sure bloodstain pattern analysis is conducted reliably. Practice the techniques used by crime scene investigators to determine where the blood creating the stain originated!

•    Wednesday, May 21st 12:00pm-1:30pm
•    Thursday, May 22nd 12:00pm-1:30pm
•    Friday, May 23rd 12:00pm-1:30pm
•    Saturday, May 24th 12:00pm-1:30pm
•    $25/participant
•    Kids ONLY! Must be 13 or older to participate.
•    15 kids per session
•    KCC-Hall A: Science Lab


Fun With Microcontrollers!



At the Microcontroller lab, students can learn a fun and exciting way to interact with the world and equip themselves with the skills necessary to develop highly technical DI Challenge solutions in the future. From blinking lights to moving wheels, teams will learn what it takes to make things run using only these inexpensive and powerful mini-computers! No technical experience required.

•    Wednesday, May 21st 2:30pm-3:30pm
•    Thursday, May 22nd 2:30pm-3:30pm
•    Friday, May 23rd 2:30pm-3:30pm
•    $25/participant
•    35 slots per session
•    Kids ONLY!
•    KCC-Hall A: Science Lab


Data Wind: Ideathon!



Have a creative mind? Interested in finding solutions to make the world a better place? Then we’ve got a challenge for you! DataWind is hosting the first-ever Ideathon at Destination Imagination. What’s an Ideathon? It’s a group event similar to a Hackathon, but without the coding. The Ideathon will challenge you and your team to come up with practical, realistic and best fit solutions that address real world problems. If your team comes up with a great idea that could be developed into an Android application, you’ll not only stand to win an Android tablet each but also go down in the records of Social App Development Ecosystem history as the team that innovated it! No programming experience required.

•    Wednesday, May 21st 12:30pm-4:00pm
•    FREE for participants
•    50 slots available
•    KCC-Lecture Hall


Photography 101: Taking Better Pictures With Your Every Day Camera



In this class you will learn pointers on how to take clear, focused pictures, get your lighting right and how to compose pictures. We will cover topics such as how to avoid taking a blurry picture (Being a human tripod, Using the trigger, Tripod), Exposure (Flash use/not use, Auto-Exposure), and Composition (Rule of 3rds, Symmetry, Leading Lines, Framing).

•    Thursday, May 22nd 9:00am-10:00am
•    Thursday, May 22nd 10:30am-11:30am
•    $20 per participant
•    20 slots available
•    All ages welcome - Must have your own camera
•    KCC-Lecture Hall


How to Photograph Your Friends and Family: Taking Better Portraits One Shot at a Time



Want to learn the secrets behind portrait photography? Come learn the basics and get insider tips on taking great portraits of your friends and family! We will cover lighting (Indoor flash/no flash, Window lighting, Outdoors-Back lighting vs side lighting), Composition (Rule of 3rds, Framing, Angles) and Personality (Bringing out their best).

•    Thursday, May 22nd, 1:30pm-2:30pm
•    Thursday May 22nd, 3:00pm-4:00pm
•    $20 per participant
•    20 slots available
•    All ages welcome - Must have your own camera
•    KCC-Lecture Hall


Beyond Auto-Mode: What Do AV, TV and P Mode Mean?



This workshop will give you an intermediate look at how to use your camera beyond just auto-mode. Learn about additional camera settings, such as Aperture and TV Mode, and how they can enhance your ability to take great photos. In this workshop, we will cover Aperture, TV Mode, Program Mode and what scenarios to use each setting.

•    Friday, May 23rd 1:00pm-2:30pm
•    Friday, May 23rd 3:00pm-4:30pm
•    $25 per participant
•    20 slots available
•    Ages 12 and up, must have a camera that can shoot in manual mode (manual exposure controls)
•    KCC-Lecture Hall


Photograph Like a Pro!: Understanding How To Shoot in Manual Mode



Come to this advanced class ready to learn and soak in the knowledge of the pros on how to use your camera like they do! We will cover how to use your camera’s manual mode as well as going in depth on Aperture (What it is, What it does to a photo, When you should use different apertures), ISO (Sensitivity, examples of how ISO changes photos), F-stop (Metering basics, Exposure), Focusing (Focus, Recompose, Selecting your autofocus point) and more!

•    Saturday, May 24th 9:30am-11:30am
•    Saturday, May 24th 1:00pm-3:00pm
•    $25 per participant
•    20 slots available
•    Ages 14 and up
•    Must have a camera that can shoot in manual mode (have manual exposure control)—DSLR cameras recommended. Please come prepared knowing where your aperture, exposure, shutter speed and ISO adjustment buttons are located on your camera.
•    KCC-Lecture Hall


“Chatter”: Exploring Cross-Cultural Communication with YFU Intercultural Exchange



Excited for the DI Passport Party and/or the opportunity to travel and study abroad? Come to this FREE workshop to explore cross-cultural communication styles through a fun simulation game as you prepare to interact with DI-ers from around the globe!    

•    Thursday, May 22nd 12:00pm-1:00pm
•    FREE! Pizza Provided
•    30 slots available - High School Students Only!
•    KCC-Lecture Hall

 
 
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