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Age and grade requirements for the Challenge Experience

Students from pre-K through university level participate in the
Destination Imagination Challenge Program. The following are the
age/grade requirements to participate in the 2024-25 Destination
Imagination Challenge Experience:


Designed for Preschool through 2nd grade

ELEMENTARY LEVEL Kindergarten-5th Grade or
no student born before June 15, 2013
MIDDLE LEVEL 6th-8th Grade or
no student born before June 15, 2010
SECONDARY LEVEL 9th-12th Grade or
no student born before June 15, 2006
UNIVERSITY LEVEL Full-time, post-secondary students enrolled in college, university, trade, or technical school or in the military. College-bound high school seniors who are taking accredited courses offered by a college or university that will qualify for course credit when entering higher education.


You can view equivalent grade levels for teams outside the United States on page 14 of our Rules of the Road.

Teams are able to include team members from differing ages/grade levels, but the team's Level at competition is determined by the age/grade of the eldest member. For example, if a team is composed of 6 fifth graders and 1 sixth grader, they would compete at the Middle Level.