Destination Imagination Chairpersons:
Emily Ching and Veena Bandi

Destination Imagination (DI)

DI is a team-based problem-solving competition which teaches and encourages students to be creative, to think outside of the box and to collaborate in a variety of unique challenges.  More specifically, “teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship and courage) to build on their unique strengths.”  - Destination Imagination website

  • For students in 2nd grade only
  • Non-competitive
  • Coached by Volunteer Parent Team Manager
  • Introduction to Destination Imagination program
  • Typically meets once per week after school as determined by the Team Manager
  • Team performance takes place at the Seattle Metro Regional Tournament held in early March each year.
  • Annual fees $200 per student for the season (October-March) and covers team registration, instant challenge workshop and materials, program workshops, tournament entry fee
  • Fee waived for child of Team Manager and covered by balance of team
  • For students in 3rd Grade through College; Elementary Level-EL (grades 2-5), Middle Level-ML(grades 6-8) Senior Level (grades 9-12)
  • Create and work in teams of 2-7 students
  • Coached by parent volunteer Team Manager
  • Meet 1-2 times per week – time/location determined by Team Manager
  • Each family must volunteer in some way for student to participate through  Bellevue Schools DI.
  • Annual fees $200 per student for the season (October-March) and covers team registration, instant challenge workshop and materials, program workshops, tournament entry fee
  • Fee waived for child of Team Manager and covered by balance of team


General Information

Registration Info:

Once your child has been placed on a team by a team manager, please finish registration here.

Registration Interest for DI opens Monday, September 18, 2017.

Team registration is open until December 15, 2017. Once a team is entered (deadline is late 12/17) in the Regional Tournament on March 03, 2018 (location TBD), no further changes to team can be made.  Returning teams can submit forms as a team through their TM.


If you are not on a team and want to be considered for a DI team, please register above and email our grade level coordinators to be added to our grade level interest list. Each Grade Level Coordinator will work over next several weeks to gather names by grade level and will make every effort to group students by interest while balancing gender mix and personalities with willing and available Team Managers.

  • K-2 Coordinator Rising Stars --  TBD
  • 3rd Grade Coordinators – Ying Ning
  • 4th Grade Coordinators – Emily Ching
  • 5th Grade Coordinators – TBD
  • Middle School Coordinators – Odle/Chinook – Wendy Yee, Melissa Lloyd


2017-2018 team challenge preview is ready at

Medina PTA Destination Imagination is a program wholly run by parent volunteers. To organize a team, simply reach out to interested friends, fill out the Registration online. The best way to learn more is to ASK OTHER KIDS – already involved in our program. Another way to learn is attend our Learn More about DI Parent and Student meeting AFTER the first Medina PTA General Meeting.

Watch the BYTE and WEBSITE for updates


  • 9/18/2017 Monday 19:30-20:30 Starbucks at 10214 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98004 (next See's candy) to host a Q& A about What is DI Inquiry Meeting.
  • 11/19/2017 Sunday 4:00-6:00PM (set up 3 to 350pm) - DI Team Program Checkpoint I -- DI Instant Challenge Workshop
  • 1/5/2018 Friday: DI Regional Team Registration Final Date 
  • 1/28/2018 Sunday 4:00-6:00PM - DI Team Program Checkpoint II
  • TBD - DI Tournament Volunteer Appraiser Training (only tournament appraisers)
  • Last week of Feb - 3/1/18: Regional DI Team Manger Walk Through
  • 3/3/2018 - DI Central Regional Tournament
  • 4/7/2018 - State Tournament at Eastmont Junior High in East Wenatchee, WA 

Medina DI Co-chairs

Emily Ching:
Veena Bandi:

Team Manager Trainer
Emily Ching and Melissa Lloyd


Additional Information:

If you want to learn more about Destination Imagination, click view the What Is DI Parent Guide or visit:

Find out Ways Parents Can Help.

Helpful article: How to Start a DI Team


Team Manager Information

Click Here to view Team Manager Resources
Great information for Team Managers:
Travel Guide for Teams: PDF


Destination Imagination Websites

Seattle-Metro Region DI Site
Washington State DI Site
National DI Site

Article: So You're A Newbie Team Manager

Article: What is Interference?



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