Destination Imagination 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.

Due to Covid-19, this season’s Challenges will be written so that teams can solve them either in-person or virtually.Please note that due to the challenges of Covid-19, our 2020-21 season will begin later than normal. The Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning Challenges will be released on November 1, 2020. The Engineering and Improvisational Challenges will be released on December 1, 2020.

Click to learn about the two types of Challenges

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, live or virtual, 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 on an Instant Challenge that they have not seen before.

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.

2020-2021 Challenge Previews

We’re excited to unveil these sneak peeks for the upcoming Team Challenges. Due to Covid-19, this season’s Challenges will be written so that teams can solve them either in-person or virtually. Check back later to view the full preview, including the Points of Interest and First Look PDF.

The Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning Challenges will be released on November 1, 2020. The Engineering and Improvisational Challenges will be released on December 1, 2020. Start forming your team today so you are ready!

Technical Challenge: The Next Level

The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.
This year, your team will go on an adventure in a video game, using technical methods to design a team-created tool to win an ultimate prize!
Your team will:
  • 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.

Scientific Challenge: In Theory

Our Scientific Challenge blends the curiosity of scientific research with the creative expression of performance art.
What if you could break a scientific law? This year, your team will create a documentary showing what the world would witness when a scientific law is broken. 
  • 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.

Fine Arts Challenge: Epic Remix

Our Fine Arts Challenge helps students develop acting and creative skills through artistic media, theater arts, scriptwriting, and prop design.
Production techniques can make anything possible! This year, your team will mash together music and literature to create a music video.
  • 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.

Service Learning Challenge: Project Podcast

Our Service Learning Challenge is designed to engage students in public service that addresses real-life community issues.
This year, your team will create a podcast that tells a story to highlight the amazing project you designed to meet a community need.
  • 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.

Early Learning / Rising Stars!®  Challenge: Critter’s Big Adventure

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.
This year, your team will create a picture book about critters going on an adventure and share it in a team-created video!
  • 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.

Engineering Challenge

Our Engineering Challenge asks students to design, build, and test load-bearing structures created from specific materials.Stay tuned for the Engineering Challenge sneak-peek!

Improvisational Challenge

Our Improvisational Challenge is all about research, spontaneity, and storytelling. Teams receive topics and produce skits right on the spot.Stay tuned for the Improv Challenge sneak-peek!

Instant Challenge

All teams will have the opportunity to solve an Instant Challenge. These challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking.

Previous Year’s Previews

2019-2020 Challenge Previews

Download the 2019-2020 Challenge Previews (two page PDF with brief descriptions of the Challenges)
Download the 2019-2020 Team Challenges First Look (PDF containing a one page overview and scoring summary for each of the Challenges)

Technical Challenge: The Big Fix

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LEARNING OUTCOMES: Technical Engineering & Design, Product Development,
Theatrical Set Design, Effective Storytelling

  • 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: First Encounter

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LEARNING OUTCOMES: Ecology, Technical Engineering & Design, Theater Arts Skills,
Effective Storytelling

  • 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: In The Cards

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LEARNING OUTCOMES: Construction Management, Structural Engineering, Technical Design, Effective Storytelling

  • 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: Picture This

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LEARNING OUTCOMES: Photography, Visual Arts Skills, Theater Arts Skills,
Effective Storytelling

  • 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.

Improvisational Challenge: To The Rescue

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LEARNING OUTCOMES: Character Development, Improvisational Acting, Sound Design,
Effective Storytelling

  • 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 sounds effects.

Service Learning Challenge: It’s About Time

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LEARNING OUTCOMES: Social Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Technical Design, Effective Storytelling

  • 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! Challenge: Blast Off!

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LEARNING OUTCOMES: Engineering & Design, Puppetry, Theater Arts Skills,
Effective Storytelling

  • 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

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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.

 


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