Frequently Asked Questions
What type of organization are you?
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization.
What is your purpose?
Our cause-driven purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.
How do you do this?
Student teams in five levels (early learning, elementary grades, middle grades, secondary grades and college) select one of seven standards-based Challenges to solve. These Challenges come out of our work with subject-matter experts and educators and take a full year to develop prior to their release.
What type of challenges?
There are seven academic Challenges: early learning, three STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), one service learning, one improvisational, and one visual arts Challenge. We also offer a Pre-K STEM and Literacy program.
What is the goal of the challenges?
Each Challenge is designed to engage students to learn 21st century and higher-order thinking skills by teaching them the creative process from imagination to innovation. The program teaches students how to think, not what to think. Students that solve the Challenges have fun and learn the skills of creativity, critical thinking, self-confidence, self-determination, presentation and collaboration. We want to enable students to identify, build on, and celebrate their unique strengths.
What is the creative process?
The creative process consists of six stages and is the integration of educational principles, psychology, biology and cognitive science. Team Challenge solutions are authentically assessed.
How much does your program cost?
The final program cost depends on which state or country you are located and also depends on whether the teams compete in academic competitions. Destination Imagination charges a global team registration fee which comes with the program materials and access to DI University for online training. While costs may vary from year to year, up-to-date pricing can be found at the Destination Imagination Store. We are a volunteer-led organization. We license the distribution of our challenge program to state and country volunteer organizations called Affiliates. Licensed Affiliates also charge a state or country fee for volunteer training and academic competitions. This fee varies by location and may be collected separately.
What is an academic competition?
Academic competitions, sometimes referred to as tournaments, are where student teams present their Challenge solutions. There are regional, state, country and global tournaments. Top-scoring teams can progress to the global tournament called Global Finals. Total fees for teams progressing to state or country tournaments average between $100 and $300. Global Finals fees include all meals, housing, campus events, and tournament registration for four or more days. The highest fee is $725 per attendee. Guest and Day Passes are available for team supporters.
How do I form a team?
What are volunteer opportunities?
As a volunteer, you will join a network of more than 38,000 passionate people who want to change kids lives. Opportunities exist in team management, Affiliate administration, Affiliate marketing, and Affiliate tournament operations.