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“Destination Imagination, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. We are cause-driven to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.”

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 Destination Imagination

2016 - 2017!

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2017 - 2018 Challenge Overviews article
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Many of our constituents have contacted DIHQ on the notion of doing what is best for the child, which is what prompted us to look at our materials in the first place.  After a thorough review of our intellectual property, which included multiple personas and a variety of stakeholders, sadly, we discovered a number of alarming facts that affect either directly or indirectly the child and how they experience the Destination Imagination brand.

1.       Our materials are written on an 11th grade or higher reading level that is too high for target audiences and is therefore exclusionary for many students.

2.       The format of the Challenges is cumbersome and repetitive, often containing the same phrases in multiple locations throughout a given Challenge. These Challenges can be redundant and ultimately confusing to new teams.

3.       Challenges purchased by schools are often used exclusively in project-based classroom environments. This substitutes participation in the actual Challenge for a use case that was not intended and reinforces the intellectual property as just a series of activities, rather than the complete DI brand experience. 

4.       As the primary end user, Team Managers have limited direct contact with DIHQ or Affiliate Directors.  The current commercial structure is not set up to capture end user data, which limits opportunities for DIHQ to communicate with and provide better support to Team Managers. This has led to a high-turnover rate in the DI community of Team Managers.  

5.       In focus groups with Team Managers and participants, we learned that most teams do not use Challenge materials in their entirety. Rather, they rely on the challenge’s short synopsis, finding the full challenge overwhelming due to advanced reading levels and complexity.

As you may imagine, the Board of Trustees was concerned by these findings. Further, we understand the importance of decisions made regarding our intellectual property and the effect on the children and the team managers.  Consequently, we have fully vetted our options with the Destination Imagination Board of Trustees and our Affiliate Directors.


While addressing this list of issues has been daunting at times, it has also encouraged DIHQ to take our own advice when it comes to problem-solving skills and creativity. We understand that the move to digital technology by our participants is an irreversible trend. Increasingly, the Generation Z participants that make up our clientele are digital natives with much different content consumption habits and capabilities.  Consequently, we have looked into options that address most of the use cases and participants we see now, and hope to recruit in the future.  These changes also allow serving a digitally-savvy population of Gen Z learners and educators.


To protect the intellectual property, better connect DI to the end user, and offer maximum flexibility in embracing digital trends, we need to develop and deliver a more-focused version of the IP – a format that is reflective of the brand experience we wish for all participants.

Therefore, we have changed not only the buying process, but also the format of the materials you will be receiving. We have made the challenges more straightforward by reducing, both page and word count, and by removing, many of the redundancies present in the former materials. We will continue to improve the materials by changing word selections and sentence construction to lower the reading levels to between the 6th and 8th grade from the 11th grade levels currently seen in our materials.


To help improve usability and user outcomes, teams will find more information in the Rules of the Road and the Roadmap. Each team will receive these documents as part of the decision materials, and descriptions for the Challenges will include summaries and reward rubrics. Videos will now include visualizations of scoring components in addition to verbal descriptions of the Challenge. These materials will allow for a full review of each Challenge without compromising the Challenge IP.


To address the costs of the Challenge, we have instated a fixed price of $105.00 per Challenge and will hold that price constant for three years. We care deeply about making our materials accessible and relevant to the widest possible audiences and after much consideration have concluded that a digital option allows for both economic and ecological sustainability. This model will mean cost-savings for school’s year-over-year, allow students to participate first-hand in the digital transformation of learning, and is better for the environment at large.


Regarding the ordering process, once a team has made their choice, the Team Manager will log into the resource area, enter their contact information, select the Challenge they wish to purchase and the format in which they would like the materials delivered – print, digital, or both.


We also recognize that teams occasionally change their minds, so we have provided a provision to change the Challenge selected and receive a second Challenge at no cost.  It is extremely rare that a team will make a third choice, however if that occurs this is the only time the team will incur additional expense as this will require purchase of an additional team number.


Again, we appreciate your thoughtful concerns, and hope you will see that we have done and continue to do our best to address these issues. Our goal is to create a scenario that will best serve the full-spectrum of existing DI teams and those we hope to attract in the future. 

2017-18 Challenge Overviews Now Available!

By: Tina Shaffer

We’re excited to announce the release of our 2017-18 Challenge Overviews. From navigating mazes to exploring cultural treasures to making your musical debut, we have seven new Team Challenges designed to help you tap into your creativity, learn new skills, and have fun!

Click here to view the 2017-18 Challenge Overviews. Team Number pre-orders will begin August 1. Access to the full Destination Imagination Team Challenges will be made available on September 1.

New for the 2017-18 season!
To simplify the process of choosing your Challenge, the way your team receives access to Team Challenge materials has changed. Your team will have the opportunity to review Challenge preview videos and one-page summaries for each of our competitive Team Challenges (available in August). After your review, your team will choose the Challenge that you are most interested in. Once you have purchased a 2017-18 Team Number, you will be given full access to that one Challenge for the rest of the Destination Imagination season.

Learning about Destination Imagination for the first time?
Destination Imagination (DI) is a project-based learning experience that applies the creative process across seven challenge areas—technology, science, engineering, fine arts, improvisation, service learning, and early learning—and is open to any team of students from kindergarten through university. By participating in Destination Imagination Team Challenges, students gain the 21st century skills needed to thrive in school, careers and beyond, including creative and critical thinking, collaboration, and project management. Teams have the opportunity to showcase their innovative Challenge solutions at Regional and Affiliate DI competitions and vie for a spot at Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of creativity.

Check out our Challenge Program page to find out more about our project-based learning experiences and how you can provide your students or young ones with opportunities to help them explore their curiosities, expand on their creative abilities and develop the courage and skills it takes to succeed in school, careers and life. Click here learn more about pricing and age/grade requirements for the 2017-18 season.

2017 Pin and T-Shirt Order forms
now posted on the Pins and Shirts page

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Important Ohio Kids for Creativity
Governing Board, Challenge Master, and Affiliate Tournament Dates

Saturday, September 10, 2016 -- Governing Board Meeting from 9:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Delaware First Presbyterian Church, 73 W Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015

Saturday, October 15, 2016 -- Governing Board meeting from 9:30 to noon at Delaware First Presbyterian Church, 73 W Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015

Saturday, January 28, 2017 -
9:30 to noon -- Governing Board meeting with ACMs 
noon to 1:00 p.m. Working lunch for Affiliate Challenge Masters and all Regional Challenge Masters

1:00 to 4:00 p.m  train all Regional Challenge Masters from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School

Friday, April 7, 2017 -
4 to 9 p.m. Set up for Affiliate Tournament at Mount Vernon High School and Middle School complex for all competition venues. 

6 to 7 p.m. Governing Board and Tournament Officials meeting in the Middle School Library.  All venues will be locked during this meeting and teams may not be in the buildings.

7:15 to 8:00 p.m. Teams will be able to preview sites and traffic flow patterns

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -- Affiliate Tournament at Mount Vernon High School and Middle School complex.  Specific competition venues will be determined sometime after February 1, 2017.

Saturday, May 13 2017Governing Board Meeting from 9:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Delaware First Presbyterian Church, 73 W Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015

Using this site
The latest news on all things concerning DI appear through the page links to the left. For information specific to your region click the Region Websites link. 

Important information
Other important information can be found in our Ohio Regional Tournament Location and Dates link, while Regional, Ohio, and National Links can be found at the left.

Each Ohio Region sets their own yearly calendar for Team Manager Training, Team Registration for the Tournament, Appraiser Training, and the Regional Tournament.
The Region’s web page should outline those important dates and procedures in one place.  However, you can find each of those individual deadlines on specific pages throughout this web site.

Please, don’t be caught unprepared and miss one of your Region’s important deadlines!