What is Destination ImagiNation, Inc.?


Up to 7 members can be on a team, and students from kindergarten through university level participate. Each team needs an adult Team Manager. Team Managers help students stay on track but do not directly help the team develop its solution to the DI Challenge. Team Managers are often faculty members or parents.

DI teaches the creative process by allowing teams to solve Challenges together as a team. A big part of our program is the Interference policy: in short, kids have to imagine, create and develop solutions on their own. Parents, Team Managers, family and friends can’t suggest ideas or force teams in certain directions. Outsiders can only facilitate the acquisition of skills and knowledge.

There are seven new Challenges to choose from each year. Each of the Challenges is developed by a team of educators and industry experts who target a particular area of the curriculum and its related standards of content and performance. 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 develop social and problem solving skills.

The team’s solutions are assessed at regional, state or country tournaments. While most schools run DI as an after school program, some school districts incorporate the program into their electives curriculum. Our tournaments provide the opportunity for participants to celebrate creativity with their peers and promote healthy competition. Every year, local volunteers help run 200 tournaments around the world.

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 in our program learn higher order thinking and improve in creative thinking, critical thinking and collaborative problem solving. Our participants experience the creative process, develop new friendships and learn to work together.

Teams choose one of seven Challenges. Click here to preview the Challenges. After 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.

3 Main Components of DI

1. Main Challenge
Students choose a topic, study, brainstorm, research their choice.
Students write a play, practice, develop costumes and props, rehearse.
Some categories require constructing structures for practices and competition.
All performance including the set-up must be within 4 or 8 minutes.  (time depends on the challenge)
The students rehearse to continually improve their challenge in all judged areas.

2. Instant Challenge
Practice different types of challenges.
IC topic is not known until the moment of competition and must be kept a secret until after the Global Finals.
Students have about 3-5 minutes to prepare and about 2 minutes to perform their solution.
Think-on-your-feet skills will be challenged.

​ Three Categories to practice:
A. Performance based
B. Task based
C. Performance/Task based 

3. Team Choice Elements (Side Trips)
Show off a special talent as a component of the main challenge.
Choose one or two unique talent which the team possess
✭​Incorporate the talent into the main challenge as a part of acting, background, lines, etc. 
The Most Important Rules
The team members are responsible for developing their ideas and solution to their challenge.
No one outside of the team is allowed to interfere with the team’s solution process including the team manager
✭​No one is allowed to provide solutions to the team’s challenge.