Enrichment Activities

Enrichment - Work Hard Play HarderSponsored by Denver Public Schools Gifted and Talented Education

These activities are NOT limited to identified GT students. All DPS students are welcome and encouraged to participate in all activities listed below.

Please refer to the highlighted sections in those individual activities for additional information about how to meet these deadlines. If you have questions about any of the activities listed, you can contact Minda McGurk in Gifted and Talented,malinda_mcgurk@dpsk12.org, 720-423-2065 or the people listed in each of the activities.

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Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination

Denver Power Point DI is an international educational program that emphasizes creativity, teamwork and problem solving.  Teams of students select open-ended, multi-disciplinary challenges and present their team created solutions at tournaments. Each of the six competitive team challenges has a different educational and creative focus: technical/mechanical design, scientific exploration/theatre arts, theatre/literature/fine arts, improvisation, structural/architectural design, and community service. There is also a non-competitive challenges designed for students in second grade and younger that introduces those students to teamwork and creative thinking. Team members learn to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges.

  • PRE-SCHOOL through 12thGRADE
  • Program membership fee applies
  • Tournament registration fees apply for State and Global Finals (none for Denver Tournament)
  • Teams purchase memberships between August and mid-January and work on their solutions between then and the Denver Tournament. Teams typically spend two to four months preparing their solutions.
  • Each team must have at least one Team Manager 18 years of age or older. Training is provided. Parents and teachers make excellent team managers.
  • Denver Destination Imagination 
  • Colorado Destination Imagination: 720-542-3637

Destination Imagination, Inc.

Mathletics & Mathcounts

Mathletics & Mathcounts

Two competition programs that provide students with the opportunity to expand their math skills by exploring beyond what is being taught in the classroom. Students strengthen their strategic problem-solving skills and sharpen their analytic abilities. Mathletics was created by DPS to prepare students for the National Mathcounts competition and is available only to students in DPS schools and charters. Schools from around the country participate in Mathcounts. Schools are not required to participate in both competitions, although they are strongly encouraged to do so.

National Geographic Bee

National Geographic Bee

A national contest designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge. Each registered school holds a school-level Bee to determine its one school champion, who then takes a written qualifying test that determines the top 100 students in the state who qualify for the Colorado Geographic Bee.

National History Day (NHD)

National History Day (NHD)

A highly regarded national academic program and competition that offers students an exciting opportunity to engage in in-depth study about historical issues, ideas, people, and events. Students choose historical topics related to the annual theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest held at the University of Maryland at College Park.

  • GRADES 6-12
  • Registration fees apply for each level of competition (DPS competition fee is minimal)
  • Students may begin their research and entry development the end of June. Many start at the beginning of the school year. Others start later in the school year.
  • National Contest: (qualifying entries from Colorado): TBA
  • DPS NHD Website 
  • Colorado NHD Website
  • National NHD Website

Optimist Brain Bowl

Optimist Brain Bowl

A challenging and fun opportunity for students to participate in a rapid response general knowledge competition that promotes teamwork and enthusiasm for academics. Brain Bowl provides a framework for students to expand their classroom learning by using analysis, application, knowledge, and comprehension skills. Students from DPS compete in the Central Region, which includes metro Denver schools districts as well as districts to the east.

Semantics/Spelling Bee

Semantics/Spelling Bee

A curriculum that includes word lists, lesson plans, and bulletin board ideas as well as a series of DPS spelling competitions that helps students prepare for the Colorado State Spelling Bee held in the spring.However, schools must enroll on the by the December deadline in order for their students to be eligible for the Colorado State Spelling Bee. Schools may participate in the DPS Semantics activities without registering on the National Spelling Bee.

Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare Festival

The oldest and largest student Shakespeare Festival in the country. This day-long festival is held in downtown Denver and provides the opportunity for students to perform scenes and sonnets from the works of William Shakespeare as well as demonstrate the dance, and vocal and instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time. The Festival opens with ceremonies at the Daniels and Fisher Tower, followed by a short parade down the 16th Street Mall to the DCPA stages. Performances last throughout the day on multiple stages and are open and free to the public. Thousands of students have come to understand and delight in the works of Shakespeare because of their participation in the Festival.

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