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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.”

Welcome to

 Destination Imagination

2016 - 2017!

If you have trouble viewing the
2017 - 2018 Challenge Overviews article
below, you may see find it here:
Please read the important  article from DI HQ regarding membership purchases below!


This year, Destination Imagination (DI) has developed and will deliver a more focused version of the Team Challenge materials – a format that is reflective of the experience we expect for all participants. We have also considered the input received at Global Finals and from the various individuals who took the time to email us concerning the new Team Challenge purchasing and distribution process for the 2017-18 season. Based on that input, DI has developed a revised process that addresses the following organizational needs:


  • Continued access to full versions of all Challenges so teams can participate in a thorough review of all Challenges before ultimately selecting the Challenge they will solve
  • Commitment to ecological sustainability through the digital delivery of the Challenge materials, with the option to print a team’s selected Challenge
  • The simplification of Challenge materials to provide a better participant experience by reducing both page and word count, while continuing to infuse creative and critical thinking skills practice into all of the Challenges
  • For bulk purchasers, maintenance of the same purchasing process as in previous seasons
  • The ability to identify Team Managers by collecting contact information and individual team Challenge selection
  • The ability to share important Team Manager contact and team information with Affiliate Directors
  • The ability to maintain an accurate record of how many Challenges a team reviews and which Challenge they ultimately select
  • DIHQ Intellectual Property control


To streamline the cost of the Challenge materials, DI has instituted a fixed price of $105.00 per Challenge and will hold that price constant for three years. DI cares deeply about making the materials accessible and relevant to the widest possible audiences and, therefore, will offer our materials in both a digital and print format.

At present, we are sharing this document with you as a valued stakeholder and it is important to note that these materials are not intended to be shared with Team Managers at this time. In time for the new season, we will finalize and share formal documentation and “how-to” resources that include step-by-step screenshots that are tailored to purchasers.


1. This year, potential teams will have the opportunity to review Challenge preview videos for each of our competitive Team Challenges, as well as a First Look document that will include more details about the content of each Team Challenge. These resources are meant to encourage teams to participate in DI and explore the different types of Challenges they will have the opportunity to solve during the 2017-18 season. Anyone interested in participating in DI may review the Challenge preview videos, First Look document and other promotional materials, which will be available on the DI website. The First Look document will be completely downloadable and printable.
2. Once the decision has been made to participate in the 2017-18 Destination Imagination season, the DI team purchaser (DI coordinator, Team Manager, teacher, administrator, etc.) will create a DI Resource Area account to obtain a DI Team Number through ShopDI.org. If the purchaser already has an account, they can log in as usual.

3. Once the Team Number has been obtained, the purchaser may then assign it to a Team Manager, if applicable. If the purchaser is not the Team Manager, they will need to give the Team Number, order number and zip code to the person who will be the Team Manager. A Team Manager can claim their Team Number by going to the Resource Area and following the selected path: Teams > My Teams > Add Team. Note: Team Managers without an account in the Resource Area will need to create one prior to this stage. There, they must fill out all information needed to add themselves as a Team Manager for that team.
4. The Team Manager must go to the Team Page of the Resource Area to review any current DI Team Challenge. To do this, the Team Manager will be required to select the Challenge and competition level (i.e., Elementary, Middle, Secondary, University).
5. Then, the Team Manager or team purchaser will immediately gain access to the environmentally friendly and sustainable digital materials. They will be able to view and download their one selected Challenge and helpful resources including Roadmap, Rules of the Road, and any companion materials that correspond with their selected Challenge. The purchaser will also have unlimited access to the Challenge and above-mentioned resources. The Challenge declaration can be changed at any time or multiple times through the process, allowing teams to review all Challenges during the selection process.  However, the last Challenge declared will be the one reported to the Region and Affiliate for tournament preparation. The Team Manager must be sure that the final Challenge selected is the one the team actually plans to solve for the purpose of competing in a tournament.
6. If a Team Manager or team purchaser requires a printed version of their chosen Challenge and resources, they will be prompted to enter a shipping address where the printed materials will be delivered.
7. Please note that if the team decides to change their Challenge declaration, they may do so by having the Team Manager select a different Challenge in the Resource Area. If a team decides to change their Challenge, they will only gain digital access to that one Challenge and will not be able to receive another printed copy of the newly declared Challenge. It is strongly recommended that the review process be limited to the digital copies. The printed copy should only be requested after the team has made their final Challenge selection.
Thanks very much for your attention to these improvements, and as always please feel free to reach out with any additional questions or concerns. 


Stephan S. Turnipseed

Executive Vice President/
Chief Strategy Officer
Direct  856.324.4763



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.

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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!