Challenges

Each Destination Imagination Challenge is an exercise that socially and intellectually activates students by prompting them to use creativity and teamwork to solve a complex problem.

Every season, DI teams of up to seven members work on two separate types of Challenges: Team Challenges and Instant Challenges.

Click to see the different types of Challenges teams compete with

Team Challenges

  • Team Challenges are open-ended and multidisciplinary.
  • Teams spend several months working on the solution to the Team Challenge of their choice.
  • Teams present their solutions at Tournaments.

Instant Challenges

  • Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick critical thinking.
  • At every Tournament, each team will receive an Instant Challenge and the materials with which to solve it.
  • The participants must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution, with only five to seven minutes in which to work.

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 and the creativity of their solutions. Instant Challenges are kept confidential until the day of the Tournament.


2016-2017 Challenge Summaries

Teams must purchase a Team Number from Destination Imagination to receive access to the complete Challenges. Materials become available on September 1 to those teams. Click for information on how to register.

NOTE: These are very simplified versions of the Challenges and can only be solved with access to the complete Challenge.

Challenge Clarifications

Clarifications are issued by Destination Imagination’s International Challenge Masters to answer questions by teams about their chosen Team Challenge. Each team is allowed to ask up to 10 questions. The answer given in response to a team question applies to all teams. There will be links to these clarifications when they become available.

Technical Challenge: Show & Tech

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

2016-17-Technical-Challenge-LogoLEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Technical Design & Engineering
  • Show Production
  • Design Efficiency
  • Technical Theater

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Present a show that includes an opening act and a headlining act.
  • Design and build a stage on which the acts will take place and that will move a team member from one location to another.
  • Enhance each act with a technical effect to amaze the audience.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interest, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

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Scientific Challenge: Top Secret

Our Scientific Challenge blends the research and curiosity of science with the thrill and creativity of the theater arts.

2016-17-Scientific-Challenge-LogoLEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Cryptography & Steganography
  • Science & Technology
  • Storytelling
  • Improvisation

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Create and present a story about a secret mission.
  • Research and apply methods from cryptography and steganography to reveal secret messages.
  • Design and create a gadget that appears to be an everyday item.
  • Create and integrate a disguised character into the story.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

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Engineering Challenge: In It Together

Our Engineering Challenge asks teams to design, build and test load-bearing structures out of specific materials.

2016-17-Engineering-DesignLEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Structural Engineering & Construction
  • Weight Distribution
  • Research
  • Material Science
  • Global Competency

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Design, build and test multiple free-standing structures that work together.
  • Develop a strategy for placing structures to support as much weight as possible.
  • Develop and present a collaborative solution to a global issue.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that highlight the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

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Fine Arts Challenge: Vanished!

Our Fine Arts Challenge has students flex their acting and creative muscles as they experiment with different types of artistic media and theater arts, write scripts and design props.

2016-17-Fine-Arts-LogoLEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Cultural Symbolism
  • Global Competency
  •  Performing Arts Skills
  • Technical Theater

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Research the meanings, roles and uses of colors.
  • Present a story about how the disappearance of a color changes the world.
  • Create a colorful character that is involved with the color’s disappearance.
  • Use technical theater methods to create a vanishing act.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

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Improvisational Challenge: 3-Peat

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

2016-17-Improvisational-Challenge-LogoLEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Improvisational Theater
  • Time Management
  • Integration Skills
  • Teamwork

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Create three improvisational skits from the same story prompt.
  • Present each skit in a different performance genre.
  • Portray a different stock character in each skit.
  • Enhance each skit with props.

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Service Learning Challenge: project OUTREACH® : Ready, Willing and Fable

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

2016-17-Project-Outreach-Challenge-LogoLEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Community Partnerships
  • Performing Arts Skills

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Identify, design, plan and carry out a project that addresses a real community need.
  • Create a live presentation of a team-created fable that integrates information about the project.
  • Include an impact prop and a character that changes appearance.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

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Early Learning Challenge: Rising Stars!® : Save the Day

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.

2016-17-Rising-Stars-Challenge-LogoLEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Simple & Complex Machines
  • Engineering & Design
  • Storytelling Skills
  • Teamwork

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Learn about simple and complex machines.
  • Use simple machines to create and build a new invention.
  • Create a play that tells a story about how the new invention helps to save the day.
  • Create props, scenery and costumes to help tell the story.

Video Preview of this Challenge

Instant Challenge

2016-17-Instant-Challenge-LogoInstant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking.

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.

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.

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 and the creativity of their solutions. Instant Challenges are kept confidential through the day of the tournament.

 


 

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