Getting Started

How do I form a team?

What are the age/grade requirements?

The age/grade requirements for team members can be found here.

When can I see the Challenges for the upcoming Destination Imagination season?

Previews are available on our Web site on the Challenge Preview Page


Do you offer International Team Numbers?

Yes. For a list of International Affiliates, please see our Locations Page. You will find a list of the countries that have teams in the Destination Imagination program. The contact information for your Affiliate Director is also located on this page.


General Infomation

What type of organization are you?

Destination Imagination, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization.


What is your purpose?

Our cause-driven purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.


How do you do this?

Student teams in five levels (early learning, elementary grades, middle grades, secondary grades and college) select one of seven standards-based Challenges to solve. These Challenges come out of our work with subject-matter experts and educators and take a full year to develop prior to their release.


What type of challenges?

There are seven academic Challenges: early learning, three STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), one service learning, one improvisational, and one visual arts Challenge. We also offer a Pre-K STEM and Literacy program.


What is the goal of the challenges?

Each Challenge is designed to engage students to learn 21st century and higher-order thinking skills by teaching them the creative process from imagination to innovation. The program teaches students how to think, not what to think. Students that solve the Challenges have fun and learn the skills of creativity, critical thinking, self-confidence, self-determination, presentation and collaboration. We want to enable students to identify, build on, and celebrate their unique strengths.


What is the creative process?

The creative process consists of six stages and is the integration of educational principles, psychology, biology and cognitive science. Team Challenge solutions are authentically assessed.


How much does your program cost?

The registration fee for the non-competitive Rising Stars! Challenge is $60 and the additional Challenge Levels (Structural, Technical, Fine Arts, etc.) have a registration fee of $95 for one team and $80 for each additional team. However, the final cost to participate in the Destination Imagination program will depend on which state or country you are located as well as whether or not your team competes in academic competitions.

We are a volunteer-led organization and license the distribution of our Challenge program to state and country volunteer organizations called Affiliates. Licensed Affiliates charge a state or country fee for volunteer training and academic competitions. This fee varies by location and may be collected separately.


What is an academic competition?

Academic competitions, sometimes referred to as tournaments, are where student teams present their Challenge solutions. There are regional, state, country and global tournaments. Top scoring teams can progress to the global tournament called Global Finals. 


What are volunteer opportunities?

As a volunteer, you will join a network of more than 38,000 passionate people who want to change kids' lives. Opportunities exist in team management, Affiliate administration, Affiliate marketing, and Affiliate Tournament operations.


How do I receive training?

DI University offers online training modules and Licensee Affiliates offer face-to-face training.


Shop DI

Can I use a purchase order to purchase items on ShopDI?

Yes, we do accept official Purchase Orders for purchases on www.ShopDI.org, including Team Numbers. Once the complete Purchase Order (including a valid signature) is received and processed in our office, the order is usually shipped out within a few days. To ensure efficient processing, please make sure that the Purchase Order has the correct information needed for processing (e.g., the correct amount including shipping cost, a signature, and accurate billing and shipping addresses).


I need to return an item purchased on ShopDI. How can I get a refund?

Please see our shipping and return policy here.


Where can I find additional Instant Challenges?

Our full collection of Instant Challenges is available to purchase here.


Challenge Clarifications

How can I get an answer to a question about my Destination Imagination Challenge?

The experts on specific Destination Imagination Team Challenges are called International Challenge Masters. If you are a team member, you can ask for a Clarification. (More info below.) If you are a Challenge Master, you can discuss your Challenge with the ICMs using a specific board in the Forum. The process for becoming a member on the Forum is discussed here.


How do I ask for a Clarification on a Challenge?

All questions related to rules and Team Challenges must be answered through the Clarification procedure explained in the Rules of the Road in our Program Materials. You can request a Clarification on our Clarifications Page. Clarifications are not considered until late November of each season.


Local Tournaments and Events

I’m not sure where and when my team is competing. Can you tell me?

The specific schedule for your tournament is available from your local Regional/Affiliate Tournament Director. You can find a complete list of local Affiliates and their Web sites on our Locations Page.


Where can I find the scores from our tournament?

You will need to contact your local Affiliate/Regional Director for information on local training, tournaments and events. You can find a list of local Affiliate websites by visiting our Locations Page.


How should my team prepare to compete in their local tournament?

In order to best prepare for the tournament day, you will want to download the Travel Guide in January. The Travel Guide is available in January of each program season. Be sure to also complete your local tournament registration requirements. This is done using the forms and/or process provided by your local Affiliate/Regional Director. You can find a list of local Affiliate websites by visiting our Locations Page.



Can I use the Destination Imagination Logo?

The use of any DI copyrighted or trademarked art or logos (including Destination Imagination logos), without the written permission from Destination Imagination is not sanctioned or condoned by Destination Imagination Inc. Please email [email protected] for permission.

The use by teams of Destination Imagination, Inc. logos including Global Finals, Destination Imagination, Box and Ball and the Challenge Logos is prohibited  with the following exception:

  • Paid Team Pak Participants - Teams/individuals - registered with Destination Imagination Affiliates may produce “hand-made” art (homemade or made by the team members)  on team/individual shirts or other items utilizing the words “Destination Imagination®.”

  • No license fee to Destination Imagination Inc. is required as long as the total number of each homemade product is less than 21 per team and the team has made them themselves.

Note: Vendors or commercial establishments are not allowed to participate in the production of these "hand-made" products.



Early Learners

What would be the appropriate age group for my first grader?

The Rising Stars! Challenge is geared for four to seven year olds. For more information about Rising Stars!, click on our Early Learners Page.