Getting Started

How do I form a team?

The Start a Team page will guide you through the team registration process. You may also call our customer service representatives at 1-888-321-1503 or email them at AskDI@dihq.org.

What are the age/grade requirements?

The age/grade requirements for team members can be found here.

When can I see the Challenges for the upcoming Destination Imagination season?

Previews are available on our Web site on the Challenge Preview Page. You can also download our 1 page Challenge Preview PDF on our Downloads Page.


Do you offer International Team Numbers?

Yes. For a list of International Affiliates, please see our Locations Page. You will find a list of the countries that have teams in the Destination Imagination program. The contact information for your Affiliate Director is also located on this page.

General Infomation

What type of organization are you?

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization.


What is your purpose?

Our cause-driven purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.


How do you do this?

Student teams in five levels (early learning, elementary grades, middle grades, secondary grades and college) select one of seven standards-based Challenges to solve. These Challenges come out of our work with subject-matter experts and educators and take a full year to develop prior to their release.


What type of challenges?

There are seven academic Challenges: early learning, three STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), one service learning, one improvisational, and one visual arts Challenge. We also offer a Pre-K STEM and Literacy program.


What is the goal of the challenges?

Each Challenge is designed to engage students to learn 21st century and higher-order thinking skills by teaching them the creative process from imagination to innovation. The program teaches students how to think, not what to think. Students that solve the Challenges have fun and learn the skills of creativity, critical thinking, self-confidence, self-determination, presentation and collaboration. We want to enable students to identify, build on, and celebrate their unique strengths.


What is the creative process?

The creative process consists of six stages and is the integration of educational principles, psychology, biology and cognitive science. Team Challenge solutions are authentically assessed.


How much does your program cost?

The registration fee for the non-competitive Rising Stars! Challenge is $60 and the additional Challenge Levels (Structural, Technical, Fine Arts, etc.) have a registration fee of $95 for one team and $80 for each additional team. However, the final cost to participate in the Destination Imagination program will depend on which state or country you are located as well as whether or not your team competes in academic competitions.

We are a volunteer-led organization and license the distribution of our Challenge program to state and country volunteer organizations called Affiliates. Licensed Affiliates charge a state or country fee for volunteer training and academic competitions. This fee varies by location and may be collected separately.


What is an academic competition?

Academic competitions, sometimes referred to as tournaments, are where student teams present their Challenge solutions. There are regional, state, country and global tournaments. Top scoring teams can progress to the global tournament called Global Finals. Total fees for teams progressing to state or country tournaments average between $100 and $300. Global Finals fees include all meals, housing, campus events, and tournament registration for four or more days. The highest fee is $725 per attendee. Guest and Day Passes are available for team supporters.


What are volunteer opportunities?

As a volunteer, you will join a network of more than 38,000 passionate people who want to change kids' lives. Opportunities exist in team management, Affiliate administration, Affiliate marketing, and Affiliate Tournament operations.


How do I receive training?

DI University offers online training modules and Licensee Affiliates offer face-to-face training.


Shop DI

Can I use a purchase order to purchase items on ShopDI?

Yes, we do accept official Purchase Orders for purchases on www.ShopDI.org, including Team Numbers. Once the complete Purchase Order (including a valid signature) is received and processed in our office, the order is usually shipped out within a few days. To ensure efficient processing, please make sure that the Purchase Order has the correct information needed for processing (e.g., the correct amount including shipping cost, a signature, and accurate billing and shipping addresses).


I need to return an item purchased on ShopDI. How can I get a refund?

Please see our shipping and return policy here.


Where can I find additional Instant Challenges?

Our full collection of Instant Challenges is available to purchase here.


Challenge Clarifications

How can I get an answer to a question about my Destination Imagination Challenge?

The experts on specific Destination Imagination Team Challenges are called International Challenge Masters. If you are a team member, you can ask for a Clarification. (More info below.) If you are a Challenge Master, you can discuss your Challenge with the ICMs using a specific board in the Forum. The process for becoming a member on the Forum is discussed here.


How do I ask for a Clarification on a Challenge?

All questions related to rules and Team Challenges must be answered through the Clarification procedure explained in the Rules of the Road in our Program Materials. You can request a Clarification on our Clarifications Page. Clarifications are not considered until late November of each season.


Local Tournaments and Events

I’m not sure where and when my team is competing. Can you tell me?

The specific schedule for your tournament is available from your local Regional/Affiliate Tournament Director. You can find a complete list of local Affiliates and their Web sites on our Locations Page.


Where can I find the scores from our tournament?

You will need to contact your local Affiliate/Regional Director for information on local training, tournaments and events. You can find a list of local Affiliate websites by visiting our Locations Page.


How should my team prepare to compete in their local tournament?

In order to best prepare for the tournament day, you will want to download the Travel Guide for Teams on our Downloads Page. The Travel Guide is available in January of each program season. Be sure to also complete your local tournament registration requirements. This is done using the forms and/or process provided by your local Affiliate/Regional Director. You can find a list of local Affiliate websites by visiting our Locations Page.


Login and Passwords

How do I log into the different Destination Imagination websites?

Currently, we have several websites with different login procedures. We will describe each:

  • ShopDI - Purchase Team Numbers, DI Resources, and DI Merchandise

    Click above to login to ShopDI. You will need an e-mail address and a password.

    If you forgot your password, on click on Forgot your password?, enter your email address, and ShopDI will send you a new password. If the password doesn’t arrive in 5 minutes, check your spam filters: they may have blocked delivery of the password email.

  • Resource Area - Download Material, Such as the Challenges

    Team Managers and Officials can access the Resource Area. Team Managers have access to team-based materials. Officials have access to more information based on their role (e.g., Affiliate Director, Regional Director or Challenge Master). Click on the links to be directed to each login.

    • Team Manager

      You need a valid e-mail address and your Team Number, which should be formatted "XXX-XXXXX." Team Numbers were mailed to whomever bought them through ShopDI.

    • Official

      To log in as an Official you'll need:

      1. To have an account in ShopDI. (The Resource Area and ShopDI share accounts.)

      2. Your Affiliate Director to set your role (e.g., RD, ACM, RCM...) in the Resource Area.

      3. To contact your AD and let them know the name and e-mail associated with your ShopDI account and your role (e.g., ACM for Challenge C). With this information, they can set up your role. You can find the information you need to contact your AD here.

      4. Once your role has been set, you can log in by clicking the above link. Your profile will feature the roles that have been set for you.

How can I gain access to the DI Forum?

Gaining access to the DI Forum is done using the Resource Area. Consequently you will need a ShopDI account so you can log into the Resource Area as an Official. See the FAQ topic "How do I log into the different Destination Imagination websites?" for instructions on creating A ShopDI account as an Official.

Once you login to the Resource Area, click on "Visit the DI Forum." This link will help you gain access to the DI Forum. This link in the Resource Area includes step-by-step instructions on gaining access to the DI Forum.

What do I do if I forgot a password?

Currently, we have several Web sites with different login procedures. We will describe how to get a new password for each:

  • ShopDI:

    You will need to get a new password by clicking here. After entering your e-mail address and clicking on Submit, a new password will be e-mailed to you. If the e-mail containing the password doesn’t arrive in 5 minutes, check your spam filters: they may have blocked delivery of the password e-mail.

    Once you log in with the new password, you can change it to something easier to remember by:

    1. Clicking on My ShopDI button at the very top of the page.

    2. Clicking on Change My Account Password.

  • Resource Area:

    The Resource Area and ShopDI share login information, so follow the same procedure for recovering your ShopDI password.

  • Forum:

    You will need to set a new password by clicking here. After entering the e-mail address associated with your membership and clicking on Send, an e-mail will be sent to you that contains a URL. If you enter this link into a Web browser, you will be redirected to a page where you can set your password.

How do I change my e-mail address?

Because we have different systems that make up our Web presence, the act of changing information varies based on the system. We'll describe how to make the changes below:

  • The Resource Area and ShopDI: These Web sites share password and e-mail addresses, so you change your e-mail address the same way for both. Remember that your e-mail address serves two roles in the Resource Area and ShopDI: it is used to send you information via e-mail, and it also uniquely identifies you. Your e-mail address must therefore be unique from all other customers (i.e., no 2 customers can have the same e-mail address).

    To change your e-mail address:

    1. Log into shopDI with your current e-mail address. If your email address doesn't work, send an email to AskDI@dihq.org, and we will help you reset it.

    2. Once you are logged in, click on the My ShopDI button at the very top of the page.

    3. Click on View or Change My Account Information.

    4. Change your e-mail address in the text field supplied and click Update.

  • The Forum (discussion boards for Challenges):

    To change your e-mail address:

    1. Log into the DI Support Page. If your email address doesn't work, send an email to AskDI@dihq.org, and we will help you reset it.

    2. Once you are logged in, click on the menu item Profile near the top of the page.

    3. In the Modify Profile menu on the left side of the page, click on Account Related Settings.

    4. There is a text field you can use to change your e-mail about halfway down the page on the right. Don't forget to click on Change Profile at the bottom of the page to record your changes.

I'm not getting e-mails from Destination Imagination. How can I fix this?

Destination Imagination (DI) and ShopDI send e-mails fairly regularly. ShopDI will send e-mails when you buy something or if you change your e-mail address or password. DI sends email periodically to groups such as the Affiliate Directors, Regional Directors, and Affiliate Training Directors. If you are not getting these e-mails, there are 2 common causes:

  • There is a typo in your e-mail address. Click on the FAQ How do I change my email address? to check for typos in your email address and fix them.

  • The e-mail server supporting your account is blocking e-mail from our server, dionline.org. This is becoming a more common practice, particularly in schools. You can ask your e-mail support staff if e-mail from apache@dionline.org (from address for ShopDI) is being blocked. If so, tell them it is not spam.



Can I use the Destination Imagination Logo?

The use of any DI copyrighted or trademarked art or logos (including Destination Imagination logos), without the written permission from Destination Imagination is not sanctioned or condoned by Destination Imagination Inc. Please email artwork@dihq.org for permission.

The use by teams of Destination Imagination, Inc. logos including Global Finals, Destination Imagination, Box and Ball and the Challenge Logos is prohibited  with the following exception:

  • Paid Team Pak Participants - Teams/individuals - registered with Destination Imagination Affiliates may produce “hand-made” art (homemade or made by the team members)  on team/individual shirts or other items utilizing the words “Destination Imagination®.”

  • No license fee to Destination Imagination Inc. is required as long as the total number of each homemade product is less than 21 per team and the team has made them themselves.

Note: Vendors or commercial establishments are not allowed to participate in the production of these "hand-made" products.



Early Learners

What would be the appropriate age group for my first grader?

The Rising Stars! Challenge is geared for four to seven year olds. For more information about Rising Stars!, click on our Early Learners Page.