Challenges

Each Destination Imagination Challenge is an exercise that socially and intellectually activates students by prompting them to use creativity and teamwork to solve a problem.

Every season, DI teams of up to seven members work on two separate types of Challenges: Team Challenges and Instant Challenges.

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Team Challenges

  • Team Challenges are open-ended and multidisciplinary.
  • Teams spend several months working on the solution to the Team Challenge of their choice.
  • Teams present their solutions at Tournaments.

Instant Challenges

  • Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick critical thinking.
  • At every Tournament, each team will receive an Instant Challenge and the materials with which to solve it.
  • The participants must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution, with only five to seven minutes in which to work.

Instant Challenges are performance-based, task-based, or a combination of the two. Although each Instant Challenge has different requirements, all Instant Challenges reward teams for their teamwork and the creativity of their solutions. Instant Challenges are kept confidential until the day of the Tournament.

Challenge Clarifications

Clarifications are issued by Destination Imagination’s International Challenge Masters to answer questions by teams about their chosen Team Challenge. Each team is allowed to ask up to 10 questions. The answer given in response to a team question applies to all teams.

The deadline to ask for Clarifications is February 15. Click here for details. (Also see DI International site)

2014-2015 Team Challenge Summaries

Teams that purchase a Team Pack from Destination Imagination will receive access to the complete Challenges.

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Technical

Creature-Feature-Logo-RGBThe world is yours. The choice is yours. Take action! Find your creature and begin the great adventure!

Points of Interest
– Build a creature that uses technical methods to perform team-chosen actions.
– Present a story of adventure with the creature as a character.
– Use technical methods to demonstrate features of a world where the story is set.
– Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of
strength, and talents.
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Scientific

Making-Waves-Logo-RGBHey, slow it down! NO, wait, speed it up! At this rate, how will your incredible sound machine EVER produce sounds?

Points of Interest
– Design and construct an incredible sound machine that produces two different sounds.
– Create and integrate two visible displays of sound waves into the presentation.
– Create and present a story that includes a change to a faster or slower narrative pace.
– Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of
strength, and talents.

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Structural

Lose-To-Win-Logo-RGBRemove the weight and transform your thinking. Sometimes, you have to Lose to Win.

Points of Interest
– Design and build the lightest structure possible that continues to support the weight of the pressure board while parts of the structure are removed.
– Design and build a removal device that enables you to safely remove the structure parts.
– Tell a story about how something is transformed and revealed to be something completely different.
– Create a prop or set piece that transforms as parts of it are removed during the presentation.
– Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

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Fine Arts

Feary-Tales-Logo-RGBPhobophobia is the fear of being afraid. The question is: What are you afraid of? Anything is possible in your team’s Feary Tale. 

Points of Interest
– Present a team-created fairy tale about a character that faces and deals with a phobia.
– Create an expressive artwork that conveys a thought or feeling.
– Create a functional artwork that serves a practical function.
– Design and create an illusion that makes the impossible seem possible.
– Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

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Improvisational

The-Improv-Games-Logo-RGBWith street performance as your tool, may the odds be ever in your favor… in The Improv Games.

Points of Interest
– Create three independent improvisational sketches.
– Research and incorporate improvisational games and street performances.
– Practice integrating randomly selected situations and settings.

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Service Learning / Project Outreach®

Brand-Aid-Logo-RGBRound up your team and identify a community need. Once you piece the puzzle together, you will unlock the world of Brand Aid.

Points of Interest
– Use the creative process to identify, design and carry out a project that addresses at least one real
community need.
– Use graphic arts and sounds to create an effective brand to help meet the project goal(s).
– Create a live presentation that highlights the project and project evaluation.
– Design and create a project puzzle to be put together during the presentation.
– Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength and talents.

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Early Learning / Rising Stars!®

Animal-Mish-Mash-Logo-RGBWith a little bit of this and a little bit of that, you’ll mix together two animals and give it the perfect new habitat! Doesn’t it sound like a ROAR-ing good time?

Points of Interest
–  Learn about animal characteristics and their habitats—the home and area in which they live.
– Design a new animal and its new habitat.
– Construct the animal and its habitat in 3-D, including moving parts on both.
– Create a play about the movements your new animal makes and the adjustment your new animal makes in
its new habitat.
– Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength and talents.

Instant Challenge

Instant-Challenge-Logo-RGBInstant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking. At a tournament, a team will receive an Instant Challenge and the materials with which to solve it. The team members must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution in a period of just five to eight minutes.

In a world with growing cultural connections, increased levels and types of communication, and a new need for real-time teamwork and problem solving, the ability to solve problems quickly is becoming increasingly critical.

Instant Challenges are performance-based, task-based, or a combination of the two. Although each Instant Challenge has different requirements, all Instant Challenges reward teams for their teamwork and the creativity of their solutions. Instant Challenges are kept confidential through the day of the Tournament.

2015-2016 Challenge Summaries

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Technical Challenge: Pace of Change

tech_pace_of_change_icoThe world is full of changes, both big and small. So grab the wheel – let’s see them all!

• Design and build a vehicle able to carry at least one team member across the presentation site multiple times.
• Change the vehicle propulsion system and the vehicle movement method during the presentation.
• Create and present a story about change. The story will include a change in a character.
• Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

scie_in_plain_sight_icoScientific Challenge: In Plain Sight

Now you see me, now you don’t! But wait…what’s the twist??

• Research the many ways that camouflage is used by organisms in nature.
• Showcase camouflage research in the visible appearance of an organism.
• Create and present a story with a plot twist that is caused by the use of camouflage.
• Apply camouflage methods to an original, team-designed and created set piece or prop.
• Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Structural Challenge: Musical Mashup

str_musical_mashup_icoHold it together and let it play out in this musical mashup.

• Design and build a structure that both supports weight and is a musical instrument.
• Play a musical solo using the structure as a musical instrument.
• Tell a story with at least one musical character.
• Integrate the story with the weight placement testing of the structure.
• Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

 

 

Fine Arts Challenge: Get A Clue

fineart_get_a_clue_icoWhodunnit? Reach back in time to get a clue!

• Present a mystery story set on Earth in a team-chosen time period before 1990.
• Discover, live on stage, which of the three suspect characters is responsible for the mystery.
• Include a TechniClue that helps solve the mystery.
• Present in the style of traverse staging.
• Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

 

 

Improvisational Challenge: Close Encounters

improv_close_encounters_icoNewsflash! Stranger things WILL happen!

• Research Challenge-provided confined spaces.
• Create and perform a four-minute improvisational presentation within a confined space.
• Show how characters work together to address a news flash.
• Integrate a mysterious stranger and a team-created miscellaneous prop into the presentation.

 

 

Service Learning Challenge: projectOUTREACH: The Meme Event

serv_learn_po_the_meme_event_icoGrumpy cat will be even grumpier when you out-MEME him!

• Use the creative process to identify, design, plan, and carry out a project that addresses a real community need.
• Plan and carry out at least one community event that is designed to help meet the project goal(s).
• Create an effective meme to help meet the project goal(s).
• Create a live presentation that highlights the project and the impact it made on the community.
• Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength and talents.

Early Learning Challenge: Rising Stars! :  Change in DIrections

earlylearn_chane_in_directionNorth, south, east, or west. Hmm…which way is best?

• Learn about maps and how they are helpful to people.
• Create a play that is about a journey your team is on.
• Make a change in direction at some point during your play.
• Make a map to help your team on your journey.

 

 

 

Instant Challenge

instant_chal_icoInstant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thin king. At a tournament, a team will receive an Instant Challenge and the materials with which to solve it. The team members must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution in a period of just five to eight minutes.
Instant Challenges are performance-based, task-based, or a combination of the two. Although each Instant Challenge has different requirements, all Instant Challenges reward teams for their teamwork and the creativity of their solutions. Instant Challenges are kept confidential until the day of the Tournament.

 

 

 


2013-2014 Challenge Summaries

2012-2013 Challenge Summaries

2011-2012 Challenge Summaries

2010-2011 Challenge Summaries