Destination Imagination is a project-based learning program designed to complement K-12 education. Annually, we offer seven new academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts, service learning, and early learning. In solving a challenge, students learn the creative process from imagination to innovation and the skills needed to thrive in school, their careers and beyond.
Students from kindergarten through university level participate in the
Destination Imagination Challenge Program. The following are the
age/grade requirements to participate in the 2016-17 Destination
Imagination Challenge Program:
Elementary Level: Kindergarten—5th grade (No student born before June 15, 2005)
Middle Level: 6th—8th grade (No student born before June 15, 2002)
Secondary Level: 9th—12th grade ((No student born before June 15, 1998)
University Level: Full-time, post-secondary students enrolled in college, university, trade, or technical school or in the military. College-bound high school seniors who are taking accredited courses offered by a college or university that will qualify for course credit when entering higher education.
Rising Stars!®: Preschool—2nd grade
Team registration costs are available on our Start a Team page here.
Teams can be formed through schools, clubs or on their own. Teams can be made up of 2-7 members and must have an adult Team Manager (often a teacher or parent). For more information on how to start a team, click here.
You can start a team anywhere—even if there is no Destination Imagination Affiliate in your area! Contact us at 1.888.321.1503 or by email at [email protected] to get started.
Teams often start meeting in October or November and spend approximately 2-4 months planning, designing and building a solution to their Challenge. Teams usually meet at least once a week to work on their solution.
Team Challenges for each season are released in mid-April. Click here to preview the 2016-17 Team Challenges.
We offer seven different academic Challenges in areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts, service learning, and early learning.
The goal of each Destination Imagination Challenge is teach students 21st century skills that will help them thrive in an ever-changing world. Students learn the creative process and how to take a novel idea and see it all the way through to fruition. They also gain invaluable life and career skills, including creative and critical thinking, collaboration, project management, perseverance, risk taking, budgeting and conflict management.
Many Destination Imagination Affiliates (states/countries) host Regional & Affiliate Tournaments where teams can showcase their creative Challenge solutions. Team solutions are assessed by a panel of trained Appraisers, ranging from educators to artists to engineers. Solutions are scored on a variety of elements, including originality, workmanship, presentation, teamwork and meeting requirements for the Challenge.
DI competitions begin with a Regional Tournament. Teams with the highest scores advance to the Affiliate (state or country) Tournaments. The top-tiered teams from the Affiliate Tournaments advance to Global Finals.
When there is an issue in a Team Challenge or the Rules of the Road that all teams should know about, we will post a Published Clarification. A Published Clarification supersedes the Rules of the Road and the Team Challenge, as well as a Team Clarification. Every team is expected to know the Published Clarifications for their Challenge.
If a team has a question about their Team Challenge or the Rules of the Road, they can ask for a Team Clarification. Teams can ask up to 10 questions. We will answer your team’s questions and send the answers directly back to you. The question and answer will not be shared with any other team. Team Clarifications should be submitted by the Team Manager. The deadline to ask for Team Clarifications is February 15.
Teams should always check for any Published Clarifications for their Challenge before asking for a Team Clarification.
Volunteering for Destination Imagination is one of the most rewarding things you can do for students in your area. From tournament volunteers to marketing professionals, many of our Affiliates are looking for volunteers to fill a variety of positions. Click here to locate and contact a Regional or Affiliate Director in your state or country.
Volunteers are encouraged to visit and learn more about their roles and responsibilities by visiting DI University. Our DI University site offers specific training modules for a variety of volunteer roles, ranging from Team Managers to Appraisers.
In addition, Affiliates offer volunteer-specific trainings throughout the Destination Imagination season and will contact you directly about dates, times and locations. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and trainings in your area, click here.
Destination Imagination tournaments typically begin in February of each year and run through April.
Your Affiliate Director will have a complete list of tournament dates and locations. Click here to locate and contact your Affiliate Director.
You can obtain the results from your tournament by contacting your Affiliate Director. To locate and contact your Affiliate Director, click here.
Practice, practice, practice. Teams should meet at least once a week to practice their performance and ensure all of the elements in their Challenge solution work. Teams should also practice many Instant Challenges to prepare for the Instant Challenge portion of their tournament, which accounts for 25% of their overall score.
Teams and Team Managers are also encouraged to follow our blog throughout the season for tournament tips, courtesy of veteran Team Managers.
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