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INTRO (this is the same as last year)

Destination Imagination is a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring the next generation of leaders, innovators and creative problem solvers.

Today’s students will enter the workforce during a dynamic period in the global economy as advancements in science and technology disrupt nearly every industry, These future leaders will need to embody 21st century skills like collaboration, creativity and flexibility. At Destination Imagination, we design affordable project-based learning experiences that focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and help set students acquire the 21st century skills needed to thrive in school, careers and beyond.  

More than 150,000 students worldwide participate in Destination Imagination programs. With your support, we can inspire and empower even more students across the globe who will help build a brighter future through teamwork, creativity and innovation.

2018 STATS

Thanks to our passionate, global network of volunteers, thousands of students from the U.S. and 30-plus countries had the opportunity to participate in the Destination Imagination Challenge Experience.

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25 staff members

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33 countries

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35,000 volunteers

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16,288 Teams

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89,500 Participants


Team Counts by Country


Here’s some copy about this year’s challenges.

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Technical Challenge
Teams were tasked with building a technical device that could navigate a tournament-provided maze.

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Scientific Challenge
Teams created their own amusement park attraction that operated using at least three different scientific concepts.

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Fine Arts Challenge
Teams created a two-act musical, including a set change that used technical methods.


Improvisational Challenge
Teams had to create a skit on-the-spot that incorporated two explorers who work together to return a cultural treasure to its rightful owner.

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Engineering Challenge
Teams were tasked with building a structure from a specific set of materials that could withstand impacts from dropped weights.

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Service Learning Challenge
Teams addressed a real community need and presented the impact of their project.

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Early Learning Challenge
Teams explored different cultures and presented a story about how two different cultures are the same and different.


Congrats to Our 2018 Graduate of the Year

Myra Richardson began her journey as a Destination Imagination (DI) participant in the fifth grade and this past year, she was a Team Manager for an elementary school team. According to her Team Manager, Dr. Amy M. Re, “DI has taught Myra problem solving, building and designing, engineering, advocating, creative thinking and perseverance. I daresay, there is not another program, other than life itself, that can do all that!”

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Future Workforce Networking Event

At this event, you will hear from a dynamic panel of representatives from different industries who will share their tips, tricks and experiences in the field of networking both as students and career professionals. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your new networking skills with your peers.


Is This Even an Article?

Hmm guess we better figure that out.


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Destination Imagination Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

Thanks to a recent grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation, Destination Imagination will enhance STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and 21st century skills initiatives for approximately 900 students who reside in underserved communities in the U.S.


PMIEF Sponsors First Destination Imagination Project Plan Scholarship

This past Destination Imagination season, our partner, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), sponsored our first Project Plan Scholarship. Sylvia Rivera, Programs Administrator, presented the award at Global Finals 2018.

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Ford City Of Tomorrow Challenge Winners Announced

In partnership with Ford STEAM Experience, we challenged parents to team up with their kids to design a solution to help make future cities more accessible and efficient. Engineers at Ford are currently working on developing an array of smart mobility solutions that will positively impact people in the cities of tomorrow, and we wanted to hear your ideas too!

Team & Alumni Stories

Ohio Students Raise Money To Help Hurricane Maria Survivors

After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, the island was devastated, leaving millions of people without power, drinking water and reliable communications.

Fifth-Graders Work Together To Save Lives

In the fall of 2017, six fifth-graders from DeSales Catholic School in Lockport, New York sat down to go over the Destination Imagination Challenge options and the choice was obvious to them: Service Learning. For the Destination Imagination Service Learning Challenge, students work together in teams to address a real need within a community.

Alumni Stories Video

Destination Imagination alumni speak about the benefits of the program and how it prepared them for their careers and beyond.


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New Online DI Volunteer Training

Thanks to a partnership with Clarix Technologies and Adobe, we are excited to announce that Destination Imagination headquarters now has an online learning management system to assist with volunteer training.


Destination Imagination Welcomes Five New International Affiliates

Destination Imagination, Inc. is proud to welcome five new International Affiliates who are helping to empower more children and teens around the globe! Our new International Affiliates include the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.


Teams Worldwide Gather In Poland For International Invitational

From March 16–19, nearly 2,000 Destination Imagination (DI) students from around the world gathered in Wroclaw, Poland for this year’s International Invitational. Established in 2013, the International Invitational was designed as an educational opportunity for all DI teams to experience new cultures, showcase their creativity, and collaborate with students from around the world.


Our organization could not do what we do without the support of our nearly 40,000 volunteers worldwide. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your unwavering support and countless hours of work to make Destination Imagination happen for students around the world.

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This has been an exciting year for the Destination Imagination organization. Thanks to the efforts and support of our volunteers, Affiliates, sponsors and staff, we were able to meet and exceed the goals we had for this year.

Click here to view our Financial Statements for the year.