Here’s a simple breakdown of the program:
Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university level students worldwide. Students form teams of up to 7 members, select their preferred Challenge and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge. Each team has at least one Team Manager (often a parent or teacher) who helps keep the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with the team’s project.
Our 21st century learning programming is cross-curricular and complements K-12 education by fostering curiosity, courage and creativity. All of our academic Challenges are designed to teach students the creative process—a system of learning that is at the root of all innovation and a child’s ability to bring an idea to life. We offer seven engaging academic Challenges in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning and Early Learning.
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Each season takes place from September through May. Depending on the Challenge, teams typically spend 2 to 4 months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions. Teams have the opportunity to showcase their solutions at local tournaments, many of which take place between February and April. When a team qualifies at the state level, they are invited to compete at Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of student creativity.
DI is located in 48 states and 30 countries. DI is often run as an after-school program or incorporated into a school’s electives curriculum. Students may participate in DI even if their school district does not offer our program. Team Challenge solutions are assessed at regional, state or country tournaments, where teams can celebrate creativity with their peers. Each year, volunteers help run 200 tournaments around the world.
Our Challenges help bridge the gap between what students learn in school and the skills they will need to thrive in an ever-changing economy. Through the Destination Imagination Challenge Program, students improve in creative and critical thinking, explore their curiosity, build on their unique strengths, learn how to design and manage a project, and gain the skills needed for the 21st century workforce.
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Teams choose one of seven Challenges. After many weeks spent creating and developing their solutions, they go to a local tournament. Top-scoring teams advance to their state or country tournament, also known as an Affiliate Tournament. The top tier teams from each Affiliate Tournament have the opportunity to participate in Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of creativity.
For more information on getting started, visit our “Start a Team” page.
There are seven new Destination Imagination 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 that allows participants to build social and problem solving skills.