Step 1: Form a Team

1 Adult Team Manager + 2 to 7 Team Members = A Destination ImagiNation Team

Teams can be comprised of 2-7 members. Teams are divided based on age, and those requirements are listed below:

  • Early Learning: Preschool - 2nd Grade
  • Elementary Level (EL): Kindergarten - 5th Grade OR no student born before June 15, 2007
  • Middle Level (ML): 6th - 8th Grade OR no student born before June 15, 2004
  • Secondary Level (SL): 9th - 12th Grade OR no student born before June 15, 2000
  • College & University Level: Full-time, post-secondary students enrolled in college, university, trade, or technical school or in the military. College-bound high school seniors who are taking accredited courses offered by a college or university that will qualify for course credit when entering higher education.

Step 2: Purchase a Team Number

A Team Number identifies your team in the system. It also grants you access to the materials needed to begin solving the challenge. The base costs are listed below:

NOTICE:: There are additional team registration fees due to your region and affiliate. Please review our Team Cost Break-Down for a more comprehensive review of costs related to solving the challenges.

Team Cost Breakdown Buy Your Team Number Here!

Step 3: Choose Your Challenge

For teams not in the Early Learning level, there are 6 challenges designed to test your teams creativity. Read below for a quick outline of the skill-sets emphasized by each challenge, or checkout these challenge preview videos!

    • Technical: The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.
    • Scientific: Our Scientific Challenge blends the curiosity of scientific research with the creative expression of performance art.
    • Engineering: Our Engineering Challenge asks students to design, build, and test load-bearing structures created from specific materials.
    • Fine Arts: Our Fine Arts Challenge helps students develop acting and creative skills through artistic media, theater arts, script writing, and prop design.
    • Improvisational: Our Improvisational Challenge is all about research, spontaneity, and storytelling. Teams receive topics and produce skits right on the spot.
    • Service Learning: Our Service Learning Challenge is designed to engage students in public service that addresses real-life community issues.
    • Early Learning: 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.

Step 4: Digital Challenge Materials

Destination ImagiNation is going Digital this year! No more paper challenge materials will be provided.

Digital Materials Announcement

Step 5: Solve the Challenge

Your team will develop a Challenge solution. You will use the following resources to help successfully solve your challenge and prepare for Tournament Day.

  1. Rules of the Road: this guide provides the important rules, guidelines, and instructions for your DI team.
  2. Roadmap: this tool provides activities and Instant Challenges to help guide your team from day one to your Tournament Presentation
  3. Central Challenge: this document will give you the details on the expectations of your specific challenge chosen in step 3.
  4. Published Clarifications: rules can be confusing. These publications are provided by DI Experts to help clarify confusing segments of the challenge.

Step 6: Register with Your Region

Once teams have their Team Number, they will need to head over to to sign their team up for their regional tournament. If you need assistance completing this step, please reach out to your Regional Director.

NOTICE: Teams will NOT be placed on the tournament schedule until the team is completely registered with WIDI on this site.
Register with WIDI!