Destination Imagination

A team of local middle school students recently won the Destination Imagination Global Finals, held in Knoxville, TN. The team previously won the regional competition in February and the California State Championship in April. They competed against teams from 48 states and 15 countries at the global event, and 17,000 people attended the competition.

In Destination Imagination, students solve open-ended challenges with a STEM emphasis, in categories including technical, scientific, engineering, fine arts, improv, and service learning. Students choose a category, then work in teams to develop an innovative solution to the published challenge.

“This team began their journey last September when they chose to solve the scientific challenge, which had a focus on cryptography,” said Dan Smith, team manager. “For their solution, the team developed a humorous eight-minute play depicting a middle school student on a secret mission of self-discovery while trying to avoid peer pressures and bad influences… In the end, the middle school student uncovers his true values, thereby decrypting himself. Their solution included many elements of encryption, mechanical/electrical engineering, and physics.”

The volunteer-led, nonprofit Destination Imagination program was founded 35 years ago with the mission of inspiring creative learners around the world. Over 150,000 students participate in the program every year.

Destination Imagination teams form in September and October. Contact to learn more about forming or joining a team, or find more information at