Challenge Experience


How It Works

The Challenge Experience represents our primary program catering to pre-K, K-12, and university students. Teams work collaboratively to devise solutions for hands-on STEAM challenges and subsequently showcase their solutions in a live tournament setting.


Destination Imagination Challenges serve as the inspirations or instructions guiding a team’s creative endeavors. Our Challenges are purposely broad, enabling teams to unleash their creativity and assume complete responsibility for their solutions. These Challenges are meticulously crafted to instill the creative process, a fundamental element of innovation and a child’s capacity to transform ideas into reality.

DI Challenges take on two distinct formats: Team Challenges and Instant Challenges


Each team selects one new and engaging Team Challenge requiring a solution that will be presented at the tournament. Team Challenges encourage students to explore their passions, discover their unique talents and abilities, and learn new skills. Team Challenges are available each year in the following categories: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Engineering, Service Learning, and Early Learning. Although each Team Challenge has a specific educational focus, they each also incorporate elements to make them truly multi-disciplinary and cross-curricular (i.e., the Fine Arts Challenge will have a technical element and the Engineering Challenge will have an artistic or storytelling component.) 


Instant Challenges are quick creative and critical-thinking exercises that build teamwork and reinforce problem-solving skills like rapid ideation and implementation. Instant Challenges can be task-based, performance-based, or a combination of both. All teams practice Instant Challenges during the year and are given one at the tournament.

Where It works

  • Afterschool or out-of-school time (OST) programs
  • In-school enrichment time
  • Homeschool co-ops
  • STEAM clubs and classrooms
  • International Baccalaureate & Middle Years Programs
  • Montessori classrooms (3rd grade & up)
  • Library and museum youth programs
  • Families, friends, and community groups
  • Gifted and talented programs

The Team

A DI team consists of between 2 and 7 members who work together to develop a solution to one of our Team Challenges. Teams are responsible for designing and creating 100% of their Team Challenge solution. Absolutely no interference from non-team members is allowed. Teams are formed based on their grade or age and are designated as one of five Levels—the non-competitive Early Learning or the competitive Elementary, Middle, Secondary, or University Levels.

The Team Manager is an adult (often a parent or teacher) who teaches the creative process and helps keep the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with the team’s solution. Team Managers get access to valuable resources to help them along the way—a Team Manager Roadmap, as well as a catalogue of online learning modules they can access at their own pace. Each DI Affiliate may also offer in-person or virtual training for Team Managers in a particular geography.


We have 8 Creative and Fun STEAM Challenges that our teams can engage in

Check out a Preview of our Challenges

We take pride in fostering innovation, problem-solving, and creativity through our Engineering Challenges. These challenges are designed to inspire and empower participants to explore the exciting world of engineering and its intersection with other STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) disciplines.



  • Hands-On Learning: The challenges immerse participants in practical, hands-on experiences that reinforce theoretical knowledge with real-world applications. This hands-on approach fosters a deeper understanding of STEM concepts.
  • Critical Thinking: Challenges require participants to analyze problems, consider multiple solutions, and make informed decisions. This cultivates critical thinking skills, which are essential for problem-solving in all aspects of life.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration: Many STEM challenges are team-based, encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Participants learn to communicate effectively, share responsibilities, and leverage diverse perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Creativity and Innovation: STEM challenges often present open-ended problems, sparking creativity and inspiring participants to think innovatively. This mindset is invaluable for tackling complex challenges in any field.
  • Preparation for Future Careers: STEM education challenges provide a solid foundation for future careers in STEM fields, such as engineering, computer science, healthcare, and environmental science. They offer practical skills and experiences that can enhance employability.



Learn How You Will Be Starting Your Teams.

Participants of the challenges will be partaking in teams of 2 to 7 members with a team manager.



  • In order to be part of our challenges you have to reach out to us first.
  • We have various platforms for you to reach us in.



  • Upon contacting us we will contact you in order to get your understanding of STEM.
  • Upon completion, you are now part of our challenge experience



  • Teams will first attend classes.
  • Then they will complete the set tasks with the help of the manager



We hope to see you in the next one

Join us and be a part of our exhilarating learning process