Destination Imagination

For more information, please contact our DI Chair, Jannette Wagner at 

DI is a great way to teach kids the 21st-century skills needed to succeed in school, their careers, and beyond. It provides opportunities for kids to learn collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and experience the creative process. DI’s Team Challenge Experience fully integrates the engagement of STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) into exploratory, open-ended, hands-on educational experiences.  

Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university-level students worldwide. Students form teams (2-7 members), select their preferred Challenge, and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge. Each team has at least one Team Manager (often a parent or teacher) who helps keep the team on track but does not assist or interfere with the team’s project.

Our Challenges help bridge the gap between what students learn in school and the skills they will need to thrive in an ever-changing economy. Through the Destination Imagination Challenge Program, students improve in creative and critical thinking, explore their curiosity, build on their unique strengths, learn how to design and manage a project, and gain the skills needed for the 21st-century workforce.

Most seasons take place from September through May. This year the season begins on November 1st. Depending on the Challenge, teams typically spend 2 to 4 months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions. Teams have the opportunity to showcase their solutions at local tournaments, many of which take place between February and April. When a team qualifies at the state level, they are invited to compete at Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of student creativity.


DI is located in 45 states and 30 countries. Team Challenge solutions are assessed at regional, state, or country tournaments, where teams can celebrate creativity with their peers. Each year, volunteers help run 200 tournaments around the world. 


Destination Imagination Challenge Preview 

 Please click here for previews of the  2020-21 Challenge Season.






All SWE Students!  Students can form teams of up to 7 members.  Each team chooses which challenge they would like to work on, and will compete against other teams of the same age group who are working on the same challenge. 



This year’s challenges will officially be released on November 1st, but you can begin forming your teams now.  After November 1st, teams will begin meeting virtually or in person, in order to begin working on their challenges.  Teams will present the solutions to their challenges during the Feb-May timeframe. 



Each team is led by a parent team manager and relies heavily on the participation of other parent volunteers to run smoothly. 

IMPORTANT: All volunteers must (re)register with RRISD every school year. Click here to apply for RRISD's background check. Volunteers will not be allowed to help unless the background check is complete.
If you would like to form a team, please reach out to Jannette Wagner for the next steps at

TOURNAMENT DATES :                                                                       

Regional Tournament - February 22, 2021 (Virtual Tournament)

State Tournament - March 26 -27, the University of Texas at Arlington



Thank you for your interest in Destination Imagination!  For any additional questions, you may have, please contact our DI Chair, Jannette Wagner,  at  




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