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Destination Imagination Challenge Experience

Creativity is the most valuable skill of the future. We teach it today so students can solve the challenges of tomorrow.

Destination Imagination uses project-based learning to teach students creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. Teams create and present solutions to open-ended challenges rooted in visual arts, performance, and STEM. Our participants gain important life skills, including the confidence to succeed in an ever-changing world.

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June 2024
Destination Imagination ties into the child's passions, things that they are excited about, so then it becomes normal for them to have fun and, at the same time, learn these important skills.

About the innovation

Why Destination Imagination (DI)?

We offer an educational experience in which teams of students solve challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments, where they are rewarded for creativity and innovation. Through solving a challenge, a team will learn the creative process, but the benefits do not stop there. Our challenges ignite students’ passions in the arts, as well as science, technology, engineering, and math.

Destination Imagination was created to help students gain the skills needed for success in school and their future careers. Most of today’s students will be employed in jobs that have yet to be invented. We believe the best way to guarantee their success is to teach them the social-emotional skills that will help them in any endeavor—confidence and creativity; risk-taking and perseverance; and project management and teamwork. These are the skills that will allow today’s students to forge their own paths through the 21st century and beyond.

We rely on a strong networkof licensed organizations—called Affiliates—aroundthe worldto bring DI to life. Each Affiliate provides local support to Team Managers and provides showcase opportunities for students to continuedeveloping their lifelong learning skills.

So what does it look like? Each DI team is made up of 2-7 students and mentored by an adult Team Manager who is often a teacher in their school or a parent to one of the students. The team works together for 2-4 months to solve one of our Challenges.

Each Challenge has a different educational focus—Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improv, or Service Learning. Choosing the Challenge that is most appealing for a team is part of the DI creative problem-solving journey. The Team Manager takes the students through the creative process helping them to identify the different creative problem-solving tools in their toolkit. They also practice using project management tools as they plan and create their solution.

Team Managers have resources to help them, too. The Roadmap is our guide to help them navigate the process with meeting plans and activities for their Team. We also provide robust online training courses that cover many aspects of being a Team Manager.

The amazing part of DI is the celebration for the process of learning that each student embarks on. For each Challenge, the final 8-minute solution is a performance that showcases the combined talents of everyone on the team and reminds the audience that visual art, performance, and STEM are a noteworthy combination.

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews

A very important initiative that supports creativity. It is also very valuable that it integrates art with STEM fields. It is clear that the students participating in this activity will develop many skills.

The innovation is scalable in many communities as it can allow students from different background to participate actively in Teaching learning process with the use of different teach aids.

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Implementation steps

Get excited and inspired!

You can sign up for an introductory webinar or you can reach out to us to talk about how you can get started.

Start a team!

Read the attached Start-a-Team Flyer for info on creating a team and costs.

Prices for Team Numbers purchased outside of the United States are adjusted to accommodate local purchasing power, currency valuation, and overall economic environment.

You will receive a confirmation email from Check your spam folder if it doesn't arrive or reach out to ourteam.

Once you create your DI Account through a provided link, you will have access to the annual DI Challenges, the Roadmap for Team Managers, and the Rules of the Road. All are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.

Get connected!

Check if there is a local DI licensee in your country. Follow the link and click on the country, province or state to email the Affiliate Director in your area for more information on the local events and tournaments.

If you don't find your location on the list, don't worry! Your team can still have the benefit of skills development throughout the season and have fun.Get in touch with us to see what competitive opportunities are available for your team to showcase their Challenge solution.

You will receive an email inviting you to log on to our DI online training platform. Here you will find interactive content to help you support your team on it's DI journey. If you need any help with the online platform, reach out to our Training Director, Kris Beisel.

Guide your DI team through the creative process!

1. Our Roadmap for Team Managers is your go-to resource for activities that develop creative problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking and project management. This guide offers team meeting plans and many activities you can use to keep your team focused and creative. You can download the Roadmap from within your DI Account under Documents>View Documents.

2. Check out our free resources area for fun activities to use with your team or within a classroom setting.

3. Watch our Tips for Team Managerssection in our Blog for the latest from Team Managers in the field.

4. Follow us on social media for quick activities and tips to keep your team on track.

Showcase the team's solution!

Your team will has worked very hard to develop a storyline, characters, props, backdrops, and costumes while incorporating research and previous knowledge from science, technology, engineering, and math.

Make sure to register for the tournament or showcase in your Affiliate. Get ready for the big day by having your team practice and refine their solution. The will present in front of a panel of trained Appraisers and a live audience. The team will also have the chance to complete a shorter Instant Challenge on-site which won't be revealed to them until that moment!

No local Affiliate, no problem! Contact our customer service reps for other opportunities to showcase.

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