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.

2017-2018 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.

Download the Challenge Previews.(PDF)

Technical Challenge: Maze Craze

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Technical Engineering & Design / Navigation Systems / Transportation Systems / Effective Storytelling
[See the Challenge Video]

  • Design and build a device to navigate a tournament-provided maze.
  • Design and build a prop that transforms in the maze.
  • Design and build a way to remove an object from the maze.
  • Create and present a story about a journey through the maze.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills,  areas of strength, and talents

Scientific Challenge: Unlikely Attraction

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Science & Technology / Technical Engineering & Design / Visual & Sound Design / Effective Storytelling.
[See the Challenge Video]

  • Explore scientific concepts used in amusement park attractions.
  • Design and build an attraction that uses scientific concepts during its operation.
  • Create and present a story that features the attraction operating in an unlikely location.
  • Portray the unlikely location using sights and sounds.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Engineering Challenge: Drop Zone

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Impact Force Research / Technical Design Process / Architectural Design / Structural Engineering / Effective Storytelling.  [See the Challenge Video]

  • Design, build and test a freestanding structure that can withstand impacts from dropped weights.
  • Tell a story about a sudden event with dramatic impact.
  • Design and create a visible or audible depiction of the story’s sudden event.
  •  Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Fine Arts Challenge: Change of Tune

LEARNING OUTCOMES Theater Arts Skills / Musical & Lyrical Composition / Production Techniques / Scenic Design.
[See the Challenge Video]

  • Create and present a musical that includes a change in plans.
  • Include music and lyrics that enhance the storytelling.
  • Create and present a spectacle as part of the musical.
  • Design and integrate a set change into the musical.
  •  Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills,  areas of strength, and talents.

Improvisational Challenge: Treasure!

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Cultural Competency / Improvisational Acting / Character Development / Effective Storytelling.
[See the Challenge Video]

  • Research different cultures and famous explorers.
  • Create and present an improvisational skit about a quest to return a lost cultural treasure to its owner.
  • Integrate two explorers and a prop into the quest.
  • Show how characters work together to overcome a setback

Service Learning Challenge: Inside Impact

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Social Entrepreneurship / Graphic Art Design / Theatrical Set & Prop Design / Effective Storytelling.
[See the Challenge Video]

  • Identify, design, carry out, and evaluate a project that addresses a need in a real community.
  • Create a live presentation that highlights the project and the impact it made on the community.
  • Create infographics that include information about the project.
  • Create a storage device that transforms as the story of the project unfolds.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills.

Early Learning Challenge (Rising Stars!): Friends Everywhere

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Cultural Competency / Compare & Contrast / Engineering & Design / Effective Storytelling. [See the Challenge Video]

  • Explore how children of different cultures live, learn and play.
  • Create and present a play that tells a story about 2 different cultures.
  • Present similarities and differences between the 2 cultures.
  • Design and build a prop that will transform and be used in 2 different ways.
  • Create costumes and scenery to help tell the story.

Instant Challenge

[See the Challenge Video]
Instant 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. 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 the day of the tournament.


 

2016-2017 Challenge Summaries

2015-2016 Challenge Summaries

2014-2015 Challenge Summaries

2013-2014 Challenge Summaries

2012-2013 Challenge Summaries

2011-2012 Challenge Summaries

2010-2011 Challenge Summaries