Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran of Destination Imagination, there is always more you can learn about the program. Would you like to improve your understanding of the Rules of the Road? Get some tips about team building? Learn more about the basic tenets which inform the Destination Imagination program? There are many resources that you can use to get this information, and more, as you prepare for the new Destination Imagination season.

New this year is a series of short videos that you can view on your computer for free. These videos are currently hosted on the site of Destination Imagination partner, Ututor.me. To access these you will need to create an account. Follow the step-by-step instructions to set up your account and take a few minutes to view one or more of these useful videos.

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Tips & Tournament Preparation

Attend Region IC Events

Tips to Improve Team Scores

Instant Challenge Tournament Procedures



Make A Plan

4-6 Weeks

Dissect a Challenge

Brainstorm Ideas 

Research Information

Refine Ideas 

  • CPS Tools
  • Focus on Scoring
  • Team Choice Elements
  • Story / Script overview

Create a Plan

  • Make Models
  • Field trips
  • Script  – Story board
  • WOW Elements


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The Destination Imagination (DI) Experience!

Destination Imagination (DI) is a global program that promotes problem solving, teamwork, and creativity in students. Teams of up to seven students choose a challenge to work creatively and collaboratively to find a solution. Teams present their team challenge solutions by performing a skit in front of an audience and appraisers. The team challenges emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). In addition, the DI experience exposes students to instant challenges that give students practice in rapid thinking, design, planning, and executing. In DI, the solution belongs to the team members and the team members alone. All ideas, scenery, scripts, and props are created by the team members. No one outside the team may help in any way with the solution to the challenge. Team members sign a contract prior to every tournament stating that the solution is theirs and no one outside the team helped. Rising Stars teams have modified guidelines for interference rules.

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Get Organized

1-2 Weeks

What Is Destination Imagination

What is the DI Challenge Program

What is Instant Challenge

The DI (Creative) Process

The DI Philosophy

Finding a Meeting Place

Hold a Parent Meeting 

Appraiser & Official Requirements’The Registration System

Parent Info Guide


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Get Started

2-4 Weeks

Attend Training

Start Meeting

  • Typical Meeting outline
  • First 5 Meeting Plans

Teamwork & Team Building

Instant Challenge – How to Teach your Team

Discuss Challenges 

  • Watch Challenge Video
  • First Look Document


Choose a Challenge

2-4 Weeks

Team Name Selection

How to get your Team to choose a Challenge

How to read a Challenge

Big Ideas 

Team Choice Elements

The Team's Solution

6-8 Weeks

Improv Teams

  • Research
  • Research Improv Techniques
  • Practice Practice Practice

Non-Improv Teams

Creating Props, Backdrops & Costumes

  • Skills
  • Mentors & Experts
  • Materials
  • Costs
  • embellishments
  • Divide and Conquer

The Design Process

  • Refine
  • Redesign
  • Test

Script writing

  • Prewriting Questions to ask your Team
  • 7 Steps to Story Telling

Performance Cs



Performance Building Blocks

Subjective Scoring

Tips to Improve

IC Resources

Get Ready for the Tournament

2-3 Weeks


  • Ready Set Go!
  • Acting
  • Blocking
  • Dress Rehearsal
  • Talking to appraisers
  • Elevator speech – What is the solution all about


  • Typical Tournament Day
  • Tournament site walk thru(Region specific)
  • Note for Parents
  • Paperwork
  • Transportation
  • Emergency Repair kit
  • Failure Proof your Team


1 Week

After Tournament Celebration

  • Certificates
  • Thank yous
  • What’s next?

Summer Activities

  • 7 Summer activities to try
  • STEAM Activites

Get Help

1 Week

List of Ways Parents Can Help

Team Appraiser

Team Official

Instant Challenge Helper

Skill Mentors

Start Meeting With Your Team

2-4 Weeks

Attend Training in your Region –
The Region  workshop will help new Team Managers prepare to start their DI journey. This training is packed with ICs, Team Builders, tips and HELP! Come ready to dive in and learn, share your experiences, and get ready to have FUN!

Start Meeting with your Team

  • Outline of a typical Meeting
  • The First 5 Meetings Plan – All materials and ICs and activities for your first 5 meetings.
  • Teamwork & Team Building games


  • Explain interference to your Team
  • Interference Activity

Team Rules

Team Name Selection

Introduce the Challenges

  • What does a DI Challenge Look Like?
  • Videos
  • First Look

Instant Challenge

  • What is Instant Challenge
  • What does it look like?
  • How to Prepare
  • How to Teach Instant Challenge

Tournament Day

Be the Team Cheerleader!

Typical day at the Tournament

Set Expectations of Kids & Parents

Paperwork & Contact Forms

Tournament FAQs



IC Training

The Basics

  • What is Instant Challenge?
  • Types of Instant Challenges
  • Why & When to Practice IC? 
  • Create a Box of IC Materials


  • Procedures
  • Set Expectations
  • Debrief Questions
  • Rubrics & Scoring
  • Team Roles
  • Managing Behaviors

IC Skills


Listening Skills

Time Management

Material Manipulation – Properties of Materials

Team Game Plan

Task Based Instant Challenges



How to Read a Task Based IC

Task Based Building Blocks

Tips to Improve 

IC Resources

Find A Team