To be the global leader in teaching the creative process from imagination to innovation.
To develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st Century Skills and creativity.
The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.
Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational program where student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at tournaments.
DI is a challenge- and process-based program. In working to solve our Challenges, our teams learn important life skills like time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking.
Our program takes place across the 48 states and more than 30 countries including Canada, Turkey, Korea, Guatemala, Poland, China, India, Great Britain, Brazil and Singapore.
Here’s a simple breakdown of the program:
Up to 7 members can be on a team, and students from kindergarten to university participate. Each team needs an adult Team Manager.
Teams develop solutions to our Challenges and can present their solutions at Tournaments. They work together, make friends, and engage in competition in a safe environment.
Each season takes place from September through May. Teams typically spend 2 to 4 months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions.
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.
Teams in our program improve in creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem solving. Our kids experience the creative process, develop new friendships, and they learn to work together.
Teams choose one of these seven Challenges. After weeks spent creating and developing their solutions, they go to a tournament. Top-scoring teams advance, and the top tier goes to our Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of creativity.