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Complement your curriculum and inspire your students.

Destination Imagination is a project-based, school-friendly program that builds participants’ creativity, problem solving, and teamwork in enjoyable and meaningful ways. Destination Imagination teaches the process from Imagination to Innovation


Destination Imagination’s programs teach kids how to work in teams during or after school to solve fun, hands-on academic challenges and help them improve their self-confidence, communication and problem solving skills. Our participants form strong bonds with their teammates and often build friendships that can last a lifetime.

  • Students who participate in DI learn to focus, think creatively and critically, and test well.
  • The program is curriculum compliant and focuses on STEM and Arts education.
  • Students learn how to self-assess and become better at understanding their strengths and working on their weaknesses.
  • Kids have fun learning, and many continue the program throughout the remainder of their education.

To learn more about the program and how you can provide your students with this enriching opportunity, call 1.858-864-7172 or email for more information.



  • Young people of similar age, Rising Stars! (preschool -second grade), Elementary  (K-5), Middle (6-8), HS (9-12) and University (College),  work on teams of 2-7 members over an 8-12 week period
  • No Interference is allowed from anyone outside of the team
  • Adult Team Managers act as facilitators to a team
  • Team Manager training is provided by experienced trainers in all 58 Affiliates
  • Problem solving skills are cultivated by using Tools
  • Teamwork is developed by using the eight building blocks for successful teams
  • Creativity is appreciated by Team- and Instant Challenges that are open ended
  • Individual and team strengths are promoted by “Team Choices”; based on Multiple Intelligence Theory
  • Instant Challenges engage participants in rapid-fire critical thinking
  • Team Challenges engage participants in sustained problem solving


  • Tournaments are a celebration of what the team HAS accomplished and the PROCESS learned
  • Solutions are evaluated and Reward Points are a component of Instant and TeamChallenges
  • Appraisers are trained to reward the PROCESS that the team has experienced
  • Tournament Data Forms provide opportunity for teams to culminate their experience
  • Special Awards are given for exceptional creativity, teamwork, and innovation
  • At the end of the Destination Imagination® season, teams have an active reflection time


  • Improve in creative and critical thinking
  • Explore their curiosity
  • Build on their unique strengths
  • Learn how to design and manage a project
  • Have FUN!
  • Team Work
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Learn to take risks!
  • Take pride in their own work
  • Failure is OK, you just need to try again


The Creative Process

Creative Problem Solving Process and Project Based Leaning is a presentation examining the relationship between the Creative Solving Process taught by the Destination Imagination program and the Project Based Learning found in 21st Century Skills, STEAM and Common Core.

For a copy of the presentation, click here: Creative Process and Project Based Learning


The Creative Process: The Creative Process

Creative Problem Solvers Tool Box: ProblemSolversToolBox

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught about Creative Thinking: Twelve Things You Were Not Taught

Matching Teaching Methods with Learning Outcomes: ComparaingTeachingMethods

21st Century Skills: 21st Cenury

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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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