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Resources by Challenge (2021-2022)

Technical Challenge - Daring Escape


The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills.

Technical-Piece by Piece

Who doesn’t love a good puzzle? Your team will explore the thrill of finding that crucial piece or clue that brings the whole thing together. Puzzle it out in this season’s Technical Challenge!

  • Design and create a puzzle that will be assembled during the Presentation.
  • Design and build 2 puzzle solvers that use technical methods to assemble the puzzle.
  • Create and present a story about how a character’s understanding changes at a pivotal moment.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Contact Your Challenge Masters:

Amber Hudson

Justin Willson

Scientific Challenge - Up Close


Our Scientific Challenge blends the curiosity of scientific research with the creative expression of performance art.

22-23 Scientific-Far-fetched Challenge Logo

Have you ever heard a story that seemed too amazing to be true? In this season’s Scientific Challenge, your team will show how science can be used to put the impossible to the test. Is the story fact, or is it just a tall tale?

  • Present a team-created story in the style of a tall tale.
  • Include an exaggerated character with a hyperbolic trait.
  • Design and build a theatrical embellishment that enhances the hyperbolic trait.
  • Present a scientific analysis to determine whether or not the exaggerated character could actually exhibit the hyperbolic trait(s) as described in the tall tale.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Contact Your Challenge Masters:

Isaiah Thompson

Jennifer Douglas

Kira Douglas

Engineering Challenge - Roll With It


Our Engineering Challenge asks students to explore and apply engineering skills and tools to design and build solutions to specific applications.

Engineering-Thrill Ride

Zoooom, whoosh, weeeee! Design and test your very own roller coaster, complete with unexpected twists and turns. Join us for a wild ride as you explore this season’s Engineering Challenge!

  • Design and build a roller coaster that will be assembled and then tested during the Presentation.
  • Design and create a launching mechanism that starts moving a golf ball along the roller coaster track.
  • Test how far and how fast the golf ball can travel through the roller coaster.
  • Create a Presentation that shows what the riders would experience when riding the roller coaster.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Contact your Challenge Masters:

Kerry Smith

Jayme Cogswell

Dakotah Mann

Kevin Cogswell


Fine Arts Challenge - Tricky Tales


Our Fine Arts Challenge helps students develop acting and creative skills through artistic media, theater arts, scriptwriting, and prop design.

22-23 Fine Arts-Flip the Script Challenge Logo

Sometimes the story you know isn’t the whole story. Explore what happens when the focus of a story changes. It’s time to put your own twist on a well-known tale in this season’s Fine Arts Challenge!

  • Create and present a flipped tale that is inspired by a well-known story but focuses on a new main character.
  • Research literary devices and integrate one into the Presentation.
  • Use theatrical techniques to move the audience’s focus from one portion of the Presentation Area to another.
  • Design and build a piece of scenery that goes through a scenery flip.
    Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Contact your Challenge Masters:

Lindsay Kennedy

Improvisational Challenge - Festival Frenzy


Our Improvisational Challenge is all about research, spontaneity, and storytelling. Teams receive topics and quickly produce skits.


We all love to root for an underdog. In this season’s Improvisational Challenge, your team will use your improv skills to tell a story about an unlikely hero who rises to a challenge. Will they emerge victorious, or will they crumble under the pressure?

  • Create and present an improvisational skit about an Underdog preparing for and/or participating in a competition.
  • Incorporate an expert into the skit.
  • Integrate a complication into the skit.
  • Enhance the skit with trash bags and rubber bands.

Contact your Challenge Masters:


Abby Svoboda

Caroline Kuharski

Ellie Svoboda

Service Learning Challenge - For the Future


Our Service Learning Challenge is designed to engage students in public service that addresses real-life community issues.

Service Learning-HIgh Stakes

It takes a lot to make the world a better place. You’ve put it all on the line—will it pay off? The clock ticks and the pressure builds in this season’s Service Learning Challenge.

  • Identify, design, carry out, and evaluate a project that addresses a need in a real community.
  • Create and present a suspenseful story about a high-stakes situation.
  • Include a slow-motion scene that is enhanced by a special effect.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

Contact your Challenge Masters:

Jennifer Zakotnik

Lena Carroll

Rising Stars Challenge - Monster Manners


Our Rising Stars for Early Learners Challenge offers simple experiences with the creative process, and it gives young kids (preschool through 2nd grade) a place to work together and make new friends.

Early Learning-Play On

Music can bring a story to life. Unleash your inner musician as you create your own instruments and use music to tell a story about friends going on a fantastic adventure. This season’s Early Learning Challenge will be music to your ears!

  • Create and present a play about a group of friends going on a fantastic adventure together.
  • Include a musical character.
  • Create musical instruments and use them to perform a song.
  • Create costumes, props, and scenery to help tell the story.


Contact your Challenge Master:

Kate Donelan

General Team Manager Information

Team Manager Trainings

DI Colorado provides trainings for both our new and “seasoned” Team Managers.

Our 2022-2023 Team Manager Trainings will be offered in several ways:

  1. In person evening training opportunities for new Team Managers and those Team Managers needing a refresher class. These will be offered monthly in the Metro area and also available on the Western Slope.
  2. Zoom training opportunities for new Team Managers and those Team Managers needing a refresher class. These will not be recorded.
  3. Adobe Captivate Learning Management Classes. These classes are asynchronous, self-paced learning with MANY topics!!! If you can’t make the Live or Webinar training sessions, this is the place for you.
  4. Challenge specific training will be available for all Team Managers either live or through the Adobe Captivate Learning Management Classes.
  5. All Team Managers that attend one or more of these training opportunities will receive a special Team Manager T-shirt.
  6. There is no charge for trainings. It’s included as part of your fees when you purchase your National Membership.


All teams will have the opportunity to solve an Instant Challenge. These challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative and critical thinking.

22-23 Instant Challenge

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.

Each team will be asked to solve an Instant Challenge for their DI tournament. The team must think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce a solution in a short period of time.

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. Instant Challenges are kept confidential until it is time for teams to solve them.

Why become a Team Manager

Becoming a DI Team Manager can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have as an adult volunteer.  You get to witness the growth of your team and the amazing solutions they develop, firsthand. Along the way, you learn how to build teams, teach creative problem solving, and form lasting relationships with your team members and other adult volunteers.


“Unlike any other organization I’ve come across, I see that DI teaches extremely valuable real-world skills that will give my kids, and the kids on my team, a major head-start in life. They don’t get these valuable skills in school and very few other organizations are as effective at teaching and encouraging them. More than ever, the engine of our economy is ‘American Ingenuity’ and I want my kids to enter the working world with strong skills in this area. Being part of DI is very satisfying – and worth my time. I’ve developed a much deeper and meaningful relationship with my kids (and other DI team members) through DI. DI has prompted some great ‘kitchen table’ discussions with my kids on very practical real-world issues. It’s also allowed me to play a major increased role in their lives and in their development that I know they value.”-Scott Dalgleish

How To Become The Team Manager of Record

By now, your team has most likely read through all of the exciting Challenges of the 2019-20 season. If you’ve chosen your Challenge, you may have even started working on its solution already! Each year, our Challenge Writers work hard to make sure they develop fun and engaging academic Challenges for all of our participants. Knowing which Challenge your team is participating in this season helps us identify the most popular Challenges, as well as better gauge the number of teams that are competing worldwide.


We need you to take a few minutes to enter your team’s information – including your Team Name, Team Challenge, and Challenge Level – in our Resource Area.


If this is your first time accessing the Resource Area, this portal will allow you to download documents, such as practice Instant Challenges, as well as ask Team Clarifications. So please go ahead and dig around while you’re in there!




  1. If you don’t have a DI account, create one now by going to: and entering your information.
  2. Once you have an account, go to the Resource Area here:
  3. Make sure to view and accept the code of conduct!
  4. Highlight the Teams tab and then select My Teams.
  5. Click on Add Team, and then enter either the Team Number and order number (this information will come from the person who purchased the team number) OR the Team Number and the postal code.
  6. If you have multiple teams, repeat Step 5 to claim all of your teams.
  7. Click on the pencil icon to the left of your Team Number, and then add/edit your organization name, team name, and the Challenge/Level your team will be participating in this season. Remember, you can change the Challenge if your team decides to make a switch from their original plan. However, once you’ve competed in your first tournament, you cannot change your Challenge.

Important: Because our scoring program is tied to the information you provide, please make sure everything is accurate!

Background Checks

In order to provide the highest level of after school activities for our participants, Destination Imagination requires Team Managers to have a background check. Destination Imagination will be administering background checks through the Destination Imagination store.

Check out Destination Imagination’s Youth Protection Policy here.


Background Checks


In order to provide the highest level of after school activities for our participants, DI Colorado requires all team managers to have background checks. Please review our detailed Youth Protection Policy here.


New for 2022-2023. Background checks are being administered and processed through DIHQ.

    1. You can purchase a background check at Background Checks. 
    2. You can either purchase a background check with your team number or you can purchase a team number independently.
    3. You will not be able to access team challenges and other resources until you have cleared your background check.
    4. If you have a LEVEL 2 background check from Sterling Volunteers due to volunteer work with a different non-profit, church, or school, you may share it with Destination Imagination. NOT Destination Imagination Colorado. Again, Destination Imagination.
    5. Please contact Kate if you would like your school to fill out a waiver if you have a school background check.



  • When there is an issue in a Team Challenge or Rules of the Road that all teams should know about, a Published Clarification will be posted.
  • A Published Clarification supersedes Rules of the Road and the Team Challenge, as well as a Team Clarification.
  • Every team is expected to know the Published Clarifications for their Challenge.



  • Before your team asks for a Team Clarification, please read all the Published Clarifications for your Challenge.
  • Your team may ask up to 10 questions for your Team Challenge.
  • Teams may only ask ONE question per Clarification request.
  • We will answer your team’s questions and send the answers directly back to you.
  • The question and answer will not be shared with any other team.
  • Team Clarifications should be submitted by the Team Manager.


The deadline to ask for Team Clarifications is January 31, 2021, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

To ask for a team clarification click here: Team Clarification


Permission slip for team meetings, excursions, events: Permission Form


Team Snack Sign-Up Form


Riding the Creative Wave - One Alumni's Experience

Hi, my name is Riley Morgenthaler, DI Alumna and creator of this website.

After watching my sisters do DI for seven long years, I was overjoyed when, in the sixth grade, it was finally my turn to join a team.  Head buzzing with all of the ideas I had been formulating since I was three years old, I eagerly threw off my cheerleader sash to join the ranks of the competitors.  I was sure that all of my best laid plans and dreams would pan out perfectly as I embarked on my long-awaited DI journey.  Luckily for me, they didn’t, and DI became the biggest learning experience of my life as I navigated teamwork, self-doubt, disappointment and success.   

Throughout my six years as a DI team member I became well acquainted with the ups-and-downs of the Creative Process, and I am happy to be able to share my knowledge and experience of the various stages with other DI kids.  Each part of the process might not be fun, but it is the struggle that makes the success worthwhile.



Riding the Creative Wave

Words Of Wisdom From Team Managers

Team Manager Guide: Here is a wonderful guide to help a first year Team Manager. It was written in 2015 by a Team Manager who has managed DI teams for each of his three children. This is his perspective.

New Team Manager Guide (2015)

Appendices To New Team Manager Guide


Advice from a Team Manager to New Team Managers.

Things I Wish I’d Known


Experiences as a DI Team Manager and how they are real-world, adult experiences.

Experiences As A DI Team Manager


The top 10 Team Manager duties from an experienced Team Manager.

Top 10 Team Manager Duties

Become A Team Manager Mentor

Guide For Manager Mentors

If you are an experienced Team Manager, please consider acting as a mentor for a new Team Manager. DI can be an overwhelming program to jump right into. As a new Team Manager, having a person to talk with, run ideas past, etc. is so helpful.  By providing this small service, you will truly be able to make a big difference for another Destination Imagination team.


If you are interested in becoming a mentor, contact Kate Donelan.


Manager Mentor Duties:

  • Check in with your Mentee at least once a week.
  • Answer any questions your Mentee has, and remember how confused you were when you first started.
  • Provide insight and tips to help these new Team Managers be successful.
  • Act as an inspiration and example to follow.
  • Be supportive, and remember that you are doing something amazing to help others!


Things New Team Managers need the most help with:

  • how to lead a productive meeting
  • how to get the team focused and moving in the same direction
  • how to understand the Challenge
  • how to interpret scoring
  • what the final product will look like
  • how to deal with team conflict
  • how to build teamwork
  • how to establish continuity from one year to the next
  • general information about how this all works


Other Ways You Can Help:

Depending on your availability, resources, and Mentee’s requests, these are some potential ideas of ways you can help these new teams be successful.

  • Invite them to one of your team’s meetings and/or attend one of their team’s meetings.
  • If you are putting together an Instant Challenge for your team, and have extra materials, put together a kit to give to your Mentee’s team.
  • Share your stash of Instant Challenges.
  • Have your teams meet, so that your team members can do their own “mini mentoring” for new participants.
  • Have an Instant Challenge party for both of your teams.
  • Share pictures and/or videos of your team’s past solutions.
  • Check if your Mentee’s team needs help getting to tournaments.
  • If you’re taking your team on a field trip, if possible, take the other team along.
  • Check in with your Mentee as the tournament approaches.
  • Just be supportive!

Additional Resources - Videos, DIHQ Resource Page, FAQ

Colorado YouTube Channel: YouTube Colorado

Watch Colorado team solution videos and Colorado training webinars.


DIHQ YouTube Channel: DI Nationals YouTube

Watch teams’ final solutions, hear what DI Alum and Sponsors have to say, and watch last year’s Global Finals ceremonies.


2 Minute Team Videos YouTube Channel: 2 Minute Team Videos

Lots of videos by kids for kids about the Destination Imagination process.


DIHQ Resources page: Resources

Here you’ll find Instant Challenges, team building activities, as well as exploring and understanding properties of materials.


Destination Imagination Colorado FAQ page: Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll find additional answers to questions such as How To Form A Team and What’s The Time Commitment here.

All Other Resources
  • Get new Instant Challenges (ICs).
  • Learn how to teach skills through IC.
  • Find new places to get IC materials.
  • Learn about what is and isn’t Interference.
  • Teach your team family members about Interference.
  • Develop strategies to avoid Interference.

Log In to DIHQ

(Resources Area)