• Teaching students the creative process and empowering them with the skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing world.

    --- A rising tide lifts all boats ---

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  • About Destination Imagination


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



    To develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.


    The Destination Imagination program 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 and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams showcase their solutions at tournaments.


    Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university level students worldwide. Students form teams of up to 7 members, select their preferred Challenge and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge. Each team has at least one team manager (often a parent or teacher) who helps keep the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with the team’s project.





    Our 21st century learning programming is cross-curricular and complements K-12 education by fostering curiosity, courage and creativity. All of our academic Challenges are designed to teach students the creative process—a system of learning that is at the root of all innovation and a child’s ability to bring an idea to life. We offer seven engaging Challenges in STEAM education: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Engineering, Service Learning and Early Learning.


    Click the following link to preview the 2019-2020 Challenges:




    Each season takes place from August through May. Depending on the Challenge, teams typically spend 3 to 4 months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions. Teams have the opportunity to showcase their solutions at local tournaments, many of which take place between February and April. When a team qualifies at the state level, they are invited to compete at Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of student creativity - held at the end of May in Kansas City, MO.


    Destination Imagination participants experience these components of the creative process while solving our challenges:

    – Becoming aware of the challenge
    – Gaining an in-depth understanding of the challenge

    – Generating ideas with team members
    – Focusing on promising ideas
    – Creating a project timeline

    – Researching, exploring and experimenting
    – Committing to options; building and completing all requirements

    – Assessing progress; reworking or reimagining ideas
    – Practicing presenting the solution

    – Presenting at a tournament
    – Reflecting on and celebrating the experience

    Bridging the Gap

    We offer high-quality, STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Challenges that help bridge the gap between what students learn in school and the skills they will need to thrive in an ever-changing economy.

    Imagine the Possibilities

    The Destination Imagination Challenge Program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, curiosity and courage through academic Challenges. Our Challenges blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Students who participate learn invaluable 21st century skills as well as patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process.
    Click to view further information on DI's challenge components

    The Two Components of the DI Program

    How will Teams be Assessed at the



    At the tournament, Destination Imagination teams will solve

    two types of Challenges: Team Challenges and Instant

    Challenges. Teams will perform their Challenge solutions

    to a group of Appraisers. Destination Imagination Appraisers

    are local volunteers who have been trained to assess the


    Click to view a sample team challenge

    What is a Team Challenge?

    There are six new competitive Team Challenges to choose from each

    year. The areas of focus include: Technical, Scientific, Fine

    Arts, Improvisational, Structural and Service Learning. There

    is also a non-competitive Early Learning Challenge. View our

    current season’s Challenge previews at Destinationimagination.



    The Team Challenge is the combination of the Central

    Challenge and Team Choice Elements. After developing

    solutions to Team Challenges, teams can attend tournaments

    to showcase their solutions in front of Appraisers and live



    The Central Challenge encourages development of critical

    thinking, problem solving techniques, teamwork and the

    creative process over a sustained period of time (usually 2

    to 4 months).

    Team Choice Elements are team-selected elements that are

    incorporated with the Central Challenge to allow creative

    freedom in showcasing additional strengths.


    Click the Challenge Program image to see a sample Team Challenge


    Click to see how an Instant Challenge works

    What is an Instant Challenge?

    Instant Challenges require teams to engage in quick, creative

    and critical thinking.

    At a tournament, a team will receive an Instant Challenge and

    the materials with which to solve it. The team members must

    think on their feet by applying appropriate skills to produce

    a solution in a period of just 5 to 8 minutes.


    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.


    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 the day of the tournament.


    Click the Instant Challenge icon to see how an Instant Challenge works.

  • Join a team

    Teams for the 2019-2020 school year will begin forming in August

    How to join a team

    Destination Imagination is open to students from kindergarten - university level. Students in Calvert County interested in joining a team and parents interested in starting at team can contact Beth Nowak at baysidedestinationimagination@gmail.com.

  • Start a Team

    Make new friends, explore new possibilities and learn new skills to build a better world. Begin your creative journey with Destination Imagination today.

    Managing a Destination Imagination team is a unique and rewarding experience. Team managers provide support in helping team members understand the process of deciphering and solving the Challenge the team selects. A unique component of DI is that it is 100% student- driven meaning that team members make all decisions and perform 100% of the work that goes into solving Challenges. In that way the team has complete ownership in their success in their Challenge solution.


    Maryland Destination Imagination provides training for adults interested in managing a team. Bayside Destination Imagination will coordinate all training, background checks, team formation, and tournament registration. Please contact Beth Nowak at baysidedestinationimagination@gmail.com to learn more.

  • Team Manager Training

    Bayside Destination Imagination provides extensive training throughout the season for all of its' team managers

    Background checks

    Destination Imagination requires that all team managers undergo mandatory background checks. Bayside DI will coordinate this and cover the cost for each of its' managers.

    Team Manager Training Day

    Saturday November 16, location: Crofton Middle School

    Bayside Destination Imagination will provide and coordinate extensive training to all of its' team managers. Maryland Destination Imagination provides day-long training sessions that cover taking your team from initial formation through participating at tournament. Bayside DI also provides season-long support for all teams and managers.

    Gain the benefits of thinking like a DIer!

    DI Training sessions teach team managers to think like DI participants.

    Through participation in the Destination Imagination Team Manager training sessions you will learn to think on your feet and stretch your creative mind - just like DI participants! You will get to take part in both Instant Challenges and get in depth information on each of the individual Team Challenges offered to the DI participants for the current season. You will gain an understanding of thinking outside the box and gain valuable insight in how best to take your team through the creative process from the initial idea stage to presenting their solution at tournament.

    Creativity and thinking on your feet is one of the concepts that team members work on to prepare for Instant Challenge solutions. Here, team manager Dianne Kyle learns some of the creative uses of materials in solving a variety of Instant Challenges.

    Team managers explore the various uses of some of the more common Instant Challenge materials.

    Team managers are presented with some sample Instant Challenges that their teams may see at tournament.

    Team managers compete to see who can construct the longest device using only a sheet of paper. Yes, our team leaders from Bayside DI won this challenge!!

    Team managers present their take on an improv skit. We love their enthusiasm!

  • Info Nights

    Interested in learning more about Destination Imagination? Contact Bayside DI to schedule an info night

    DI Info Night

    Bayside Destination Imagination reps can arrange an information night to provide education on how you and your student can become involved in Destination Imagination. No matter how small or large your group we will tailor a presentation to provide all of the information you need to become involved. Contact us today to learn more.

    Getting a sense of the program

    At a recent DI Info Night we had a group of parents from Northern Middle School and Windy Hill Middle School go through an Instant Challenge. It was a fun way for the parents to get a feel for the creative fun that is Destination Imagination.

    We welcome students at our info nights!

    Our Bayside Destination Imagination student "alumns" can help to provide valuable info about DI to fellow students interested in learning about the program.


    Here, one of our "Accident Prone" team members is taking a group of interested students through an Instant Challenge. Hands-on learning is what DI is all about!

  • Community Service

    Bayside DI Community Service partnership with ACLT Double Oak Farm

    Bayside Destination Imagination has partnered with the American Chestnut Land Trust's Double Oak Farm in Prince Frederick. The Double Oak Farm uses environmentally friendly and sustainable farming methods and donates over 75% of it's harvest to the St. John Vianney Interfaith Food Pantry.


    The Bayside Destination Imagination crew began their community service at the Double Oak Farm in November of 2018. The kids learned a great deal from garden manager and Master Gardner R. T. West. The kids returned in the spring to continue work at the farm.


    The kids established two Hugelkultur raised beds and also started their ongoing project - a pizza garden! We planted garlic in the fall and in the spring returned to plant onions, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs. The Farm is also planting wheat and will build a clay oven on site next to our pizza garden. On October 5th the Bayside DI teams will have a very special pizza party at the Farm to reap the benefits of their labor! 🍕🍕🍕


    We thoroughly enjoy our partnership with the Farm! We have learned a great deal and love the opportunity to give back to the community we call home.

    Plogging Calvert with Bayside DI

    Bayside DI flexed their creativity as they celebrated Earth Day 2019. They enjoyed a beautiful April afternoon to go plogging!


    What is plogging? Plogging - a play on the Swedish words 'plocka upp' (meaning 'pick up') - turns an ordinary workout into an opportunity to help our planet. It combines jogging with picking up litter.


    Thank you to our amazing crew of kiddos who gave up their last afternoon of spring break to help to clean up their community!

  • Important Dates

    Mark your calendars for this season's tournament schedule


    South Central Regional Tournament

    March 7th

    Teams from Anne Arundel, Calvert, and St. Mary's Counties will compete for the chance to advance to the Maryland State Tournament.


    Held at South River High School in Edgewater, MD


    Maryland State Tournament

    March 28th

    The top-placing teams from each of Maryland's 8 Destination Imagination regions compete for the highly coveted spots to represent Maryland in the world championship - the Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament.


    Held on the campus of UMBC in Baltimore.


    Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament

    May 19th-23rd

    The top placing teams from around the globe will be a part of the world's largest celebration of student creativity. Teams enjoy participation in unique workshops, events, and classes as well as competing against the best creative talent on the planet!


    To be held in Kansas City, Missouri.

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    < It costs a 7-member team and their 2 managers $8,000 to attend the Global Finals Tournament in Kansas City,MO >


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    SILVER ($800): Covers the cost of Global Finals registration for (1) team member.
    BRONZE ($350): Covers the cost of (1) DI team's registration through the Maryland State Tournament in Baltimore .
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  • Bayside DI Scholarship

    Please click on the photo to be taken to the Bayside Destination Imagination Scholarship website

    Bayside Destination Imagination believes that "A rising tide lifts all boats." We strive to promote innovative thinking and leadership skills through challenge-based learning to students k-12 in Calvert County.


    Through our scholarship, we look to support the educational pursuits of one local student who demonstrates the application of creativity and imaginative thinking through a leadership role in their community.


    An award of $500 will be awarded directly to the institution the student attends in 2020-2021 to be used towards tuition, room and board, or books.

  • 2018-2019 season

    Accident Prone team places 9th in the world at Global Finals 2019!

    In the top 10 for the 2nd year in a row!

    The Accident Prone team placed first in the South Central Regional Tournament, 3rd in the Maryland State Tournament and 9th in the world in the "Heads Up" improv challenge. This was out of 82 teams from around the world who participated at the Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament in Kansas City, MO!

    Dedication and team work pays off

    The Accident Prone team researched and studied for months to prepare for competition in the Improv "Heads Up " Challenge.

    To solve the "Heads Up" improv challenge the team had to do the following:

    • Select and research 8 historical figures (aka "Figure Heads") found on coins from around the world.
    • The team had to create and present an improvisational skit that included two of the 'figure heads" in a tale.
    • At tournament the team selected at random (out of a bucket) 2 of their figure heads.  The team had 2 minutes to quickly plan a 5-minute skit where they had to have the two figure heads woven into a tale incorporating a randomly selected "event".  
    • The team had to present the skit in two parts, changing between the comedy and tragedy genres.
    • During the skit, the team also picked up a randomly selected "flip" event that was to be incorporated into the story.  At that point in the skit the presentation changed from verbal to non-verbal.
    • The team was judged on their ability to creatively incorporate all of the above elements into a cohesive and entertaining story as well as display effective teamwork during their planning and presentation.
    • You can view the team's improv performance from the Globals Tournament below in the photos & videos section.
    Click to see DI alumni Chris Colfer accepting Destination Imagination's Inaugural Icon Award at the 2019 Gobal Finals Tournament

    Destination Imagination alum Chris Colfer was awarded DI's inaugural Icon Award at the 2019 Global Finals Tournament Opening Ceremony.

    Colfer is a Golden-Globe winning, Emmy and SAG Award nominated actor, #1 New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter and producer. Named by "TIME" magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and known for his acclaimed work in the role of Kurt Hummel on Glee. Colfer is also the author of the multimillion-copy internationally best-selling fantasy series of The Land of Stories, which he will adapt and direct for 20th Century Fox.


    Colfer, who participated in Destination Imagination during his junior and senior year in high school (2006-2008) received DI's first-ever Icon award, which is given to a DI alumnus or alumna who has made a game-changing contribution to their industry and who inspires current DI participants to achieve anything they can do in life.


    Click the photo to view Mr. Colfer's inspirational acceptance speech.

    Team Accident Prone celebrates the completion of their Instant Challenge at the 2019 Global Finals.

    One of the fun booths at the Global Finals Expo Center at this year's Globals tournament. This team knows how to turn the ordinary into something creative and exceptional!

    Team Accident Prone having fun at this year's Expo at Global Finals.

    3 of the Bayside Destination Imagination teams qualified for the 2019 Maryland State Tournament!

    We were thrilled to have 3 of our teams place in the top 2 spots in their challenge category at the South Central Regional Tournament and advance to the Maryland State Tournament. Bayside DI is proud to have such a prestigious showing at Regionals - our teams represent Calvert County very well!

    Team "Loading...." following their team challenge presentation at the Maryland State Tournament.

    Team "Loading..." presenting their challenge solution in the Technical challenge at the Maryland State Tournament.

    Team "The Government is Lizards" is in the house at States!

    Members of the "The Government is Lizards" team prepping for their team challenge presentation at the Maryland State Tournament.

    Team "The Government is Lizards" presenting their team challenge solution in the Fine Arts category at the Maryland State Tournament.

    Team "Accident Prone" following their Improv challenge presentation at the 2019 Maryland State Tournament.

    Team "Accident Prone" awaiting the final results at the awards ceremony.

    Team "The Government is Lizards" awaiting the results at the awards ceremony.

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    Please complete the application and student contract & mail with registration fee to Bayside DI at 4335 Little Falls Road Huntingtown, MD 20639.