23-24 Team Numbers Now Available!

Destination Imagination's 23-24 Challenge Logos

Ready to use your creativity and imagination in an adventure of a lifetime? We are thrilled to kick off our 2023-24 season of Destination Imagination (DI)! Teams can choose to be part of our in-person Challenge Experience, where they can take on one of our seven standard STEAM-based Team Challenges, or they can opt for our virtual Challenge Experience, known as the 2023 Digital Open. It’s going to be a season filled with innovation and creativity! Check out what’s in store. ?


From designing an original, working pinball game to solving an archaeological mystery to “mapping” a difference in your community, we have seven new and epic STEAM Challenges in store for the 2023-24 season of the Destination Imagination Challenge Experience. 

Our Team Challenges are open-ended, allowing teams to express themselves creatively and take full ownership of their solutions. They are carefully crafted to inspire and nurture the creative process, which is the core of innovation. Students learn to transform their ideas into reality through hands-on problem-solving and collaboration. Then they have the opportunity to showcase their Challenge solutions at a tournament. Check out our Challenge Previews below.

23-24 Technical - Pinball Heroes Icon

Action, adventure, challenges to overcome! See the lights flashing and listen to the buzzers and bells as your team brings a pinball game to life! Hone your pinball skills and aim for the high score when you try this year’s Technical Challenge!

  • Design and build a pinball system through which a pinball moves and interacts with 3 machine modules.
  • During the Presentation, move the pinball through the pinball system for as long as possible.
  • Create and present an action/adventure story about a hero who goes on an extraordinary mission.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
23-24 Engineering - Going to Distance Icon

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no…it’s a beanbag! Who can predict how far the beanbag will fly or where it will come to rest? In this season’s Engineering Challenge, you will test your accuracy as you launch beanbags using a launching device and tell a story about what happens when things do not go exactly as planned.

  • Design and build a modular device that will be assembled and then tested in two different configurations during the Presentation.
  • Complete launch tests to test how far and how accurately your modular device can launch a bean bag in each configuration.
  • Transform the modular device from one configuration to the other.
  • Create and present a story in which everything is going according to plan until a catalyst occurs.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
23-24 Scientific - Blast From the Past Icon

A broken jar, a bit of stone—the remains of the past are all around us. Have you ever wondered what those things might have been used for or what they meant to the people who made them? What archaeological mysteries will be revealed in this year’s Scientific Challenge?

  • Create and present a story about a character whose discovery of an artifact leads to a finding.
  • Include an archaeological investigation that contributes to the finding.
  • Design and create a puppet that will portray a character from the past.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
23-24 Fine Arts - In Motion Icon

Art has the power to move us or stop us in our tracks. In this year’s Fine Arts Challenge, you will bring a work of visual art to life and create your very own piece of kinetic art. What work of art will inspire you?

  • Create and present a story inspired by a work of visual art.
  • Include a static character and a dynamic character in the story.
  • Reimagine the work of visual art as performance art and include the reimagined art in the Presentation.
  • Design and create one piece of kinetic art that uses technical methods to create movement.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
23-24 Improv - So Extra Icon

Sometimes less is more, or more is less…Your team will use your improv skills to create a 2-act skit, complete with a costume created on the spot! An intensifier will tell your team whether you’ll maximize or minimize elements of your skit in the second act. Find out how things will change with the toss of a coin in this year’s Improvisational Challenge!

  • Create and present a 2-act improvisational skit based on a scenario.
  • Incorporate a stock character into the skit.
  • Research costume design and use a costume design kit to create a costume.
  • Use an intensifier to minimize or maximize the scenario, stock character, and costume.
23-24 Service Learning - Uncharted Icon

Your team will dive into a world of fantasy in this year’s Service Learning Challenge. Use a map to guide you on your quest, but beware of the danger that awaits! What will you seek? Fame? Fortune? Or to make the world a better place? The quest is about to begin!

  • Identify, design, carry out, and evaluate a project that addresses a need in a real community.
  • Create and present a fantasy story about a character who goes on a quest.
  • Design and create a fantasy map that uses technical methods to represent location information from the story.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.
Making A Splash Team Challenge icon

From the busy coral reef, to the inky depths of the midnight zone, to the shallows of a lake bed, there are lots of amazing underwater habitats to visit. Where might underwater creatures go for a vacation? Come explore life under the sea in this season’s Early Learning Challenge!

  • Research underwater habitats.
  • Create and present a play about a group of underwater creatures who go on vacation to an underwater habitat.
  • Design and build a model of a landmark the underwater creatures visit.
  • Create scenery to show the underwater habitat.
  • Create and present one Team Choice Element that shows off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.


Looking for a STEAM program that’s flexible enough to meet your needs? Join us for the 2023 Digital Open! The Digital Open is a seven-week, travel-free STEAM competition open to elementary, middle school, high school, and university students worldwide. Teams can solve the challenge together in person, remotely, at school, or from the comfort of their own homes! Then they’ll submit their solutions and compete with teams around the world to see who tops the digital charts!

The Digital Open is also the fastest way to experience the entirety of Destination Imagination (teams go through the whole creative process in just a few short weeks!). So, if you’ve been curious about what we do, but are not ready to commit to the full Challenge Experience, the Digital Open can be a great way to test the waters and see if DI is right for you.

Check out a preview of this year’s Digital Open Challenge: Make Some Noise.

Registration is now open for our 23-24 Challenge Experience and our 2023 Digital Open. Purchase your Team Numbers today! The full Team Challenges for our Challenge Experience will be released August 15. Our Digital Open Challenge drops September 15.

Want to learn more about our Challenge Experience and Digital Open? Sign up for a free webinar!

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