2020 - 21 Season

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.

We’re excited to unveil these Challenge Previews for the upcoming Team Challenges. Due to Covid-19, this season’s Challenges will be written so that teams can solve them virtually.

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.


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

Points of Interest

  • Create and present a video presentation in the style of a video game.
  • Include an adventurer who goes on a quest to win an ultimate prize.
  • Portray a special ability used by the adventurer.
  • Integrate 3 quest items and combine them to create a tool.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.


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

Points of Interest

  • Produce a video presentation that tells a story about a Scientific Law that is bent and/or broken.
  • Show how the Scientific Law is bent and/or broken.
  • Include an expert and a witness in the story.
  • Use documentary techniques to tell the story in the style of a documentary film.
  • 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.

Coming Dec 1st

Points of Interest

Your team will create a video that explores architecture as art and showcases your team-created example of the intersection of art and architecture.

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

  • Research music videos and create a music video of your own.
  • Use music and lyrics to retell all or part of a piece of literature.
  • Design and build a costume.
  • Research production techniques to enhance the music video.
  • 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.

Coming Dec 1st

Points of Interest

  • Your team will put on sleuthing hats and create a video that shows your team investigating a mystery.

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 a video presentation that includes a podcast and a commercial.
  • Include a cliffhanger and a quirky character.
  • Integrate information about the project into the video presentation.
  • 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 story about a critter who goes on a big adventure.
  • Write and illustrate a picture book.
  • Integrate a special effect into the picture book.
  • Create a song that helps tell the story.
  • Share the picture book and the song in a team-created video.

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.

Each team will be asked to solve an Instant Challenge for their DI tournament. The team must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution in a short period of time.

Instant Challenges are performance-based, task-based, or a combination of the two. Although each Instant Challenge has different requirements, all Instant Challenges reward teams for their teamwork. Instant Challenges are kept confidential until it is time for teams to solve them.