Destination Imagination


VISION: To be the global leader in teaching the creative process from imagination to innovation.

Destination Imagination (DI) is a fun, hands on system of learning that fosters students' creativity, courage, and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), fine arts, and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. We prepare students for the careers of tomorrow - and we start as early as second grade!

At Northern Cass, students may participate at four levels:

  • EARLY LEARNING (a.k.a. “Rising Stars”): Grade 2

  • ELEMENTARY LEVEL: Grades 3-5, with no student reaching age 12 by June 15

  • MIDDLE LEVEL: Grades 6-8, with no student reaching age 15 by June 15

  • SENIOR LEVEL: Grades 9-12, with no student reaching age 19 by June 15

All Challenges are developed annually to ensure they are relevant and align to National Education Standards. Every year, with the help of volunteers and subject matter experts, Destination Imagination designs new, exciting challenges for kids.


Northern Cass DI is open to all students in grades 2-12. Teams of up to seven members participate at four levels: Elementary (grades 3-5), Middle (gr. 6-8), Secondary (gr. 9-12), and non-competitive Rising Stars (2nd grade). Each team needs a volunteer team manager to take the students through the process. Teams typically meet at school or in homes for 2-3 hours a week beginning in October through to the ND Regional Tournament in March 2021.
NOTE: This Season is being structured so that teams can meet and compete virtually, if necessary.  We can do DI no matter what happens this school year.