• Who We Are:

    Destination ImagiNation® (DI) is an exhilarating elective in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments.

    Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills-they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving. 

    • 72,000 children participate in DI each year
    • 12,000 teams compete in DI each year
    • 1.3 million DI Alumni are developing solutions for our world
    • 6,000-7,000 schools are involved in DI
    • More than 30 countries participate in DI

    The program consists of two main elements: the Team Challenge and Instant Challenge.

    Team Challenge

    Team Challenges are designed to be open-ended and multidisciplinary. Teams spend several weeks or months working on the Team Challenge of their choice, and they present their solutions at Tournaments. Each of the six competitive Team Challenges has a different educational and creative focus:

    • Challenge A: Technical/Mechanical Design
    • Challenge B: Scientific Exploration and Theater Arts
    • Challenge C: Theater, Literature, and Fine Arts
    • Challenge D: Improvisation
    • Challenge E: Structural/Architectural Design

    There is also a non-competitive Rising Stars! Challenge designed for students in pre-school through 2nd grade that introduces students to teamwork and creative thinking.

    Instant Challenge

    Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick critical thinking. At a Tournament, a 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 in a period of just five to eight minutes. While Team Challenges build long-term problem solving and teamwork skills, Instant Challenges provide an exciting, impromptu creative experience for competing teams. By practicing Instant Challenges during the course of the season, students can increase their improvisational skills and train their minds to work quickly!


     When We Meet: Once students meet to form a team, team members organize meetings according to their own schedules. Students typically meet once a week afterschool. Often parents volunteer to host additional meetings at their homes when needed.

     Where We Meet: Mrs. Hamlett's classroom, Room 209

     Cost: Team fees vary based on the challenge each team chooses. The minimum fee is normally $50.

    Want to get involved? Informational flyers are available on this site under "documents". Any student is welcome to join DI. 

     Questions? Contact Mrs. Jennifer Hamlett: jlhamlett@madisoncity.k12.al.us

    Check out our North Alabama DI website at:  https://www.dialabama.org/northern/