Team solutions are assessed at regional, state or country tournaments. Every year, local volunteers help run 200 Destination Imagination tournaments around the world.

How will Teams be Assessed at the Tournament?

At the tournament, Destination Imagination teams will solve two types of Challenges: Team Challenges and Instant Challenges. Teams will perform their Challenge solutions to a group of Appraisers. Destination Imagination Appraisers are local volunteers who have been trained to assess the Challenges.


What is a Team Challenge?

There are seven new Challenges to choose from each year.  The areas of focus include: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Structural and Service Learning. There is also a non-competitive Early Learning Challenge. Click here to read our current season's Challenge previews. Team challenges teach the creative process from imagination to innovation. (Click here to learn more about the creative process.)

The Team Challenge is the combination of the Central Challenge and Team Choice Elements. After solving Team Challenges, teams can attend tournaments to showcase their solutions in front of Appraisers and live audiences.

Central Challenge

The Central Challenge encourages development of critical thinking, problem solving techniques, teamwork, and creative process over a sustained period of time (usually 2 to 4 months).

Team Choice Elements

Team Choice Elements are team-selected elements that are incorporated with the Central Challenge to allow creative freedom in showcasing additional strengths.


What is an Instant Challenge?

Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking.

At a tournament, a team will receive an Instant Challenge and the materials with which to solve it. The team members must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution in a period of just 5 to 8 minutes.

In a world with growing cultural connections, increased levels and types of communication, and a new need for real-time teamwork and problem solving, the ability to solve problems quickly is becoming increasingly critical.

Instant Challenges are performance-based, task-based, or a combination of the two. Although each Instant Challenge has different requirements, all Instant Challenges reward teams for their teamwork. Instant Challenges are kept confidential until the day of the Tournament.


How Do Instant Challenges Work?

  1. The team stands around a table on which a copy of the Challenge lies face down.
  2. If the Challenge requires materials, they will also rest on a table.
  3. When everyone is ready, the Appraiser flips over the Challenge and reads his or her copy of the Challenge aloud. As soon as s/he has finished reading, s/he starts the timer and the team can begin working.
  4. The Appraiser makes sure the team follows the timing prescribed in the Challenge.
  5. The Appraisers score the team’s solution to the Challenge.


While practicing Instant Challenges, it is important that the team members discuss the experience. The Team Manager’s job is to facilitate the discussion as necessary, without telling the team exactly what to do. For example, the Team Manager can ask questions like:

  • What could you have done differently?
  • What was the most difficult part of the performance?
  • What could you do to improve in the future?

The Team Manager should not provide any answers to the questions. Team members need to reflect and assess the process on their own.

How Important is each Challenge Element to the Overall Score?

The following is a breakdown of how teams will be appraised at the tournament:

Note: Team Choice Elements are team-selected elements that are incorporated with the Central Challenge to allow creative freedom in showcasing additional strengths.