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Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. Our purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Annually, we offer seven new standards-based Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Each Challenge is open-ended and enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to innovation. Academic tournaments take place around the world where teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to trained appraisers. Students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to solve any challenge. In working to solve our Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage) to build on their unique strengths.

Who A DI team can consist of 2-7 students. Click Read our Rules Learn more about team formation in our Rules of the Road. Email parents or teachers whose students might benefit from the DI experience. View 21-22 Challenges to see what’s in store for next season. 

What There are six new competitive Challenges to choose from each year. Each of the Challenges is developed by a team of educators and industry experts who target a particular area of the curriculum and its related standards of content and performance. The areas of focus include: Technical, Scientific, Structural, Fine Arts, Improvisational and Service Learning. There is also a non-competitive Early Learning Challenge that allows participants to develop social and problem solving skills.

When Are you ready to explore, collaborate, and create together? Make a plan today to launch that creative journey for the young people in your life. Students from kindergarten through university level participate in the Destination Imagination Challenge Program. The DI Challenge season aligns with the Northern Hemisphere academic year. Most teams start between August and October, in the mean time please join us for a free online informational session. Starting August 1 you Can Purchase Your Team Number!

Find a Team Manager

The Team Manager is an adult volunteer (often a parent or teacher) who guides the team through their creative journey – like a troop leader or a coach. DI provides training and resources to set Team Managers up for success! DI Team Managers must be at least 18 years old and complete a background check in correspondence with our Youth Protection Policy. If you know who your Team Manager will be, they can start their background check anytime so they are ready to go on August 1!

Where The teams’ solutions are assessed at regional, state or national tournaments. While most schools run DI as an after school program, some school districts incorporate the program into their electives curriculum. Our tournaments provide the opportunity for participants to celebrate creativity with their peers and promote healthy competition. Every year, local volunteers help run 200 tournaments around the world.

Why Teams in our program learn higher order thinking and improve in creative thinking, critical thinking and collaborative problem solving. Our participants learn and experience the creative process, develop new friendships and learn to work together.