The mission of Texas Destination Imagination™(DI) and its regions and participating school districts is to encourage and foster the development of 21st century skills: creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration; to influence development of a positive self-image; and to prepare the students of Texas to apply problem solving skills to life decisions.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein
How does it work?
Students work in small teams for 4 to 5 months on a project, called a challenge, of their choice. The solution they develop is presented at a tournament in late February or early March. Top performers in each challenge and age group advance to a state level affiliate tournament. Top placing teams at state advance to a global competition.
Do younger kids compete with the older kids?
No. They are assigned teams according to grade level. There are 4 competition levels: Rising Stars/non-competitive – K-2nd grade; Elementary – 3rd – 5th; Middle – 6th – 8th; and Secondary – 9th – 12th.
What is the cost to parents?
Team participation and tournament fees are paid by the district. Teams are responsible for cost of supplies and equipment and workshops – these costs are minimal. The district also partially funds state and global costs for the teams that advance to that level.
Who manages the teams and where do they meet?
Most teams are managed by parent volunteers. LISD provides training at no cost to them as well as support. Most teams meet at the home of the team manager or other team member. Some make other arrangements with their school, church, library or recreation center.
When does it start?
Teams begin forming in September of each school year.
For more information about how the program works, click Here. You may also get started by going to one of the following websites: