Montana Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to implementing the DI creative problem solving program in our state.

MTDI 2016 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Carly Mollenkamp, recipient of the 2016 Montana Destination Imagination scholarship.

Carly submitted a tool to help teams warm-up for their tournament performances based on their mood that day. Her tool included different team exercises and a flow chart to match their mood with the exercises.

Carly will be attending Montana State University to pursue research in psychology or astronomy. 

Reach Higher Montana sponsors the Montana Destination Imagination. Reach Higher Montana is to guide, prepareand support Montana students in their efforts to reach their potential through higher education. Reach Higher Montana offers a range of programs that includes outreach and education finance planning.

Montana Teams Scored Well at Global Finals

Over 1400 teams attended the 2016 Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee at the end of May.

ACRONYM the elementary team from Irving School placed 5th in the Fine Arts Challenge - Get A Clue. 


The Creative Colors the elementary level Bozeman Home School team placed 13th in the projectOutreach Service Learning Challenge - The Meme Event.

Advantage of Confusion the middle level Bozeman Home School team placed in the Technical Challenge - Pace of Change.

Kinda Cheesy the secondary level Bozeman Home School team placed in the Scientific Challenge - In Plain Sight.

Imagine That!

Montana teams will head to Dillon on April 2, to compete in the Montana Destination Imagination Affiliate Finals. Teams of students from Early Learners to High School will have worked for the past three to five months to create unique solutions to this year's Destination Imagination mind-bending Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning.

Destination Imagination creates the Challenges to call on student skills and talents in many areas, including scientific understanding, theatrical performance, technical prowess, improvisation, and structural engineering. DI teams have spent weeks perfecting their Challenge solutions, and their presentations typically are bursting with distinctive creativity and innovation. The event is open to the public, and visitors and media are encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Tournament Information

Teams have been working hard to develop creative solutions to this year's challenges.  Appraisers have been trained on the ins and outs of scoring the teams.  Schedules have been created and volunteers recruited.  Please encourage your family, friends, teachers, and anyone who enjoys creativity to come watch the tournaments this year. The links below will take you to the Tournament Programs and required forms and information.

The Western Regional Tournament will host teams from Darby, Frenchtown, Hamilton, St Regis, and Troy on February 27 at Frenchtown Elementary School from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

The South Central Regional Tournament will host teams from Belgrade, Bozeman, and Dillon on March 5 at Manhattan Public Schools from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Creativity News - Volume 9, Number 1 (09/04/2015)

Survey on the Shifting of Students' Perception of STEM

In an effort to learn how students perceive STEM careers, Destination Imagination has partnered with National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) on a research project that will focus on how high school students perceive STEM Careers.

Montana DI is encouraging high school educators to register to receive the results package. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Send an email to and make sure “STEM Career Survey” is in the subject line.
  • Watch your inbox during the back-to-school season for a package from The Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways.

Start A Team Kits

Montana DI Teams Finished Year at Global Finals

Five Montana teams joined the 1470 teams from around the Globe to showcase their solutions to this year's DI challenges. 

The Montana Teams came with an Eye for Creativity and a Nose for Innovation.



The Improv team, The Exotic Roller Skating, Bubble-Blowing Alpacas, from Irving School in Bozeman placed 14th out of 77 teams in the Elementary level of Improv Games. 

The Irving Dreamer's for LIfe placed 27th in the Elementary Level and the Darby Duck Tape Nation placed  26th in the Middle Level of Feary Tales. 

2015-2016 Challenge Previews


The world is full of changes, both big and small. So grab the wheel – let’s see them all!

Points of Interest

-Design and build a vehicle able to carry at least one team member across the presentation site multiple times.
-Change the vehicle propulsion system and the vehicle movement method during the presentation.
-Create and present a story about change. The story will include a change in a character.
-Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.  

2015 Tournaments Full of Creativity

From fabulous creatures to outstanding community service projects, Montana DI teams have amazed everyone with outstanding creativity.  The Regional Destination Imagination Tournaments in February reminded all who attended that when we give students the opportunity to stretch their talents and challenge their imaginations they can produce marvelous solutions to the DI challenges. 

On March 21st,  twenty teams will gather at Belgrade Middle School to wow the appraisers and spectators with their solutions to this year's challenges.  Everyone is welcome to come watch as creatures move, structures are transformed, phobias are controlled, improv games combine with street performances, new animals come to life, and community service projects are highlighted.  Performances will begin at 9:00 AM and culimate in an awards ceremony around 1:15 PM.

Below is the schedule for the Team Challenge Performances.

Creativity News - Volume 8, Number 4 (11/01/2014)

Team Manager Training

MTDI will be holding a Team Manager training on Saturday, November 8, from 9AM - Noon at Fire Station #3 in Bozeman. This training will cover how to approach solving the Central Challenge, basic tips for solving Instant Challenges, what is Interference, and how to access online training resources. Even if you are still considering forming a team you should attend the training.

Creativity News - Volume 8, Number 3 (10/01/2014)

How Do You Describe Destination Imagination?

Destination Imagination helps students develop and use their imaginations to improve our world. We do this by producing fun and engaging challenges designed to teach the creative process from imagination to innovation.

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