New Team Challenges will be released August 1st!

New Team Challenges
will be released August 1st!

Team Challenges

Our STEAM based Challenges are open-ended and enable students to learn and experience the creative process while fostering their creativity, curiosity and courage. Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university level students worldwide. Students form teams of up to 7 members, select their preferred Challenge and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge. Each team has at least one Team Manager (often a parent or teacher) who helps keep the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with the team’s project.

First Look Document

Learn more about each of our competitive Team Challenges.

The information provided in this First Look document is a synopsis of each Challenge and is designed to help your team decide on which Challenge you would like to solve. Your team MUST download and read the full Challenge and Rules of the Road from the Resource Area in order to solve the Challenge successfully. Your team is strongly encouraged to read and use the Roadmap as you create your Challenge solution.

For a quick look at this years Challenges.

TECHNICAL CHALLENGE

The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.

Points of Interest

* Design and build an invention 
* Create and present a story about how a problem is solved with the use of the invention 
* Integrate an invention artifact to highlight the development process. 
* Design and build scenery that shows the impact of solving the problem. 
* Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas 
of strength, and talents. 

SCIENTIFIC CHALLENGE

Our Scientific Challenge blends the curiosity of scientific research with the creative expression of performance art.

Points of Interest

* Research a real species and a real habitat.
* Create and present a story about the first encounter between the species and the habitat.
* Show how the species and the habitat change as a result of the encounter.
* Present the story in theater in the round.
* Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Engineering Challenge

Our Engineering Challenge asks students to design, build, and test load-bearing structures created from specific materials.

Points of Interest

* Design and build a bridge that will be assembled during the Presentation.
* Move weight across the bridge to test its strength.
* Create and present a story about an unexpected connection and its outcome. 
* Design and create a set piece that transitions between settings.
* Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off your team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Fine Arts Challenge

Our Fine Arts Challenge helps students develop acting and creative skills through artistic media, theater arts, script writing, and prop design.

Points of Interest

* Create and present a story that features an unseen character and its impact on a team-selected photograph. 
* Theatrically recreate the photograph during the Presentation.
* Create and present a visual effect that includes a photographic technique. 
* Show how the visual effect changes the perspective of one or more characters. 
* Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Improvisational Challenge

Our Improvisational Challenge is all about research, spontaneity, and storytelling. Teams receive topics and produce skits right on the spot.

Points of Interest

  • Research superpowers and how they are portrayed in comic books, literature, film, and other media.

  • Create and present an improvisational skit about a villain who uses a superpower to cause an unexpected situation.

  • Include a hero who uses an underwhelming power to try to overcome the unexpected situation.

  • Enhance the skit with sound effects.

Service Learning Challenge

Our Service Learning Challenge is designed to engage students in public service that addresses real-life community issues.

Points of Interest

* Identify, design, carry out, and evaluate a project that addresses a need in a real community. 
* Create and present a story that shows at least one character in a race against time. 
* Integrate information about the project into the story. 
* Design and build a device that represents time and highlights milestones from the project.
* Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off your team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Rising Stars/Early Learners Challenge

Our Rising Stars for Early Learners Challenge offers simple experiences with the creative process, and it gives young kids (preschool through 2nd grade) a place to work together and make new friends.

Points of Interest

* Create and present a play about characters who travel from one planet to another. 

* Include something surprising that happens during the trip. 

* Design and create a puppet to use in the play. 

* Launch team-created rockets during the play. 

* Create costumes, props, and scenery to help tell the story.

Instant Challenge

Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking.

In a world with growing cultural connections, increased levels and types of communication, and a new need for real-time teamwork and problem solving, the ability to solve problems quickly is becoming increasingly critical. 

At a tournament, a team will receive an Instant Challenge and the materials with which to solve it. The team members must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution in a period of just five to eight minutes. 

 

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Instant Challenge – The Instant Challenge portion of the DI competition is a chance for your team to show off its creative problem solving skills as they work together and “think on their feet” in a very short time frame to solve a problem. ICs are usually 5-10 minutes long.

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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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2-4 Weeks

Team Name Selection – DI Team names are often DI punny or unusual. Teams often choose creative names that relate to their challenge or presentation in some way or just make them laugh. Let the Team go wild with their choice.

How to get your Team to choose a Challenge

How to read a Challenge

Big Ideas 

Team Choice Elements

Make A Plan

4-6 Weeks

Dissect a Challenge

Brainstorm Ideas 

Research Information – the hardest for teams to complete is the research phase because many kids aren’t super interested in pushing through this drier part of the process. Make sure that everyone has a copy of the Challenge at each meeting and that they keep referring to the things that they have decided that they need to learn in order to solve the Challenge. Refine Ideas 

Create a Plan

Get Ready for the Tournament

2-3 Weeks

Practicing

Planning

Celebrate!

1 Week

Tournament Day

Be the Team Cheerleader!

Typical day at the Tournament

Set Expectations of Kids & Parents

Paperwork & Contact Forms

Tournament FAQs

 

 

IC Information

Teams need a basic understanding of what Instant Challenge is and what to expect. Start off by watching a video and then try a simple IC. Make it FUN!

IC Skills

Material Skills

Team Skills

Task Based Instant Challenges

General Information

Training for Task Based ICs

Tips & Tournament Preparation

Attend Region IC Events

Tips to Improve Team Scores

Instant Challenge Tournament Procedures

Paperwork

 

IC Basic Information

The Instant Challenge portion of the DI competition is a chance for your team to show off its creative problem solving skills as they work together and “think on their feet” in a very short time frame to solve a problem. ICs are usually 5-10 minutes long.

Basic Information

Teaching Information –

Teamwork

A team is a group of people, united by a common culture and purpose, who are cooperating to achieve quality results.

The challenge we have as Team Managers – helping kids develop healthy and effective interpersonal skills and processes so they can work cooperatively.

Teaching Teamwork

Teaching Listening Skills

Dealing with Team Conflict

IC Materials

Having a common vocabulary and a way to categorize the properties of the materials you have been given will allow your team to jump into the planning and executing stages of the Instant Challenge more easily. ​​

IC Training Plan

FUN is key!
If your team isn’t having fun they won’t master the skills! Be enthusiastic and crazy, help your team relax. You are their Cheerleader.

Promote a sense of camaraderie, and collaboration. Praise the kids when they take risks even if it doesn’t work. Teach them to learn from failure, embrace it and improve.

Training Guide

Teaching Information –

 

IC Tips & Tournament Prep

Tips and advice on ways to help your team  improve in Instant Challenge.

Start by attending the Instant Challenge workshops offered by your Region. These workshops  give your Team a chance to practice all the skills they’ve been learning in a non-competitive environment. It is FUN and helps teams figure out what they do well and what they need to work on before Tournament day

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