Destination Imagination Global Finals kick off in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Destination Imagination Global Finals kicked off Wednesday in Knoxville.

It's taking place at the Knoxville Convention Center in downtown Knoxville. Thousands of students from all over the country and the world are in Knoxville for the competition.

Teams are from 48 states in the United States and the following countries were represented:

Argentina
Australia
Brazil
Canada
Cayman Islands
China
Colombia
Guatemala
Israel
South Korea
Mexico
Poland
Quatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Turkey

There are seven challenges that kids face: Technical, scientific, engineering, fine arts, improv, service learning, and rising stars.

Global Finals is the culminating event of every Destination Imagination season. DI teams that advance past regional and affiliate tournaments are invited to participate. Festivities include the tournament, interactive exhibits, pin trading, skills workshops, international events, and more.

The welcome ceremony is May 24 at 7:15 p.m. and the closing celebration is May 27 at 7:15 p.m.

Mayor Tim Burchett was among those welcoming students to the tournament.