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

Destination Imagination

location_on United States
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.
Stephan Turnipseed, CEO PItsco
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.

Stephan Turnipseed, CEO PItsco


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Innovation Overview

Target Group
150 000
Updated on August 9th, 2022
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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 network of licensed organizations—called Affiliates—around the world to bring DI to life. Each Affiliate provides local support to Team Managers and provides showcase opportunities for students to continue developing 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.


Achievements & Awards

March 2022
Awarded Grant to reach 75 new teams in Botswana financed by GIZ as commissioned by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany cofinanced by the EU
May 2021
Pivoted to our First Virtual Tournament
October 2020
Launched the Digital Open to accommodate teams under pandemic restrictions
October 2020
Launched imagineXperience for underserved communities sponsored by Lumen Technologies
May 2020
Innovation page created on
May 2020
Strategic Partner with National Federation of State High School Associations
February 2020
Training magazine’s 2019 Emerging Training Leaders
July 2019
Girls Engineering the Future STEM Camp, partnership with FIRST® and the University of New Hampshire
January 2019
2019 Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency
February 2017
Partnership with Education Reimagined
August 2014
PMIEF Sponsorship, 2014, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021-present
May 2014
Disney Sponsorship, 2014-Present
May 2013
P21 Partnership, promote 4Cs around the world
March 2008
Motorola Solutions Foundation Grants, 2008-present

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Get excited and inspired!
We offer webinar introductions and various materials online to help you get to know Destination Imagination.
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Start a team!
Purchase a team kit. Pass our background check. Download our digital materials.
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Get connected!
Connect with your local DI Affiliate for season information and with DI, Inc. for online training.
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Guide your DI team through the creative process!
Creative collaboration tips and project management activities are at your fingertips.
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Showcase the team's solution!
The 8-minute performance your team creates will be appraised and celebrated!
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