• What is Odyssey of the Mind?

    Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for the students of all ages. Teams of students select a problem,create a solution, then present their solution in a competition against other teams in the same problem and division.

    * Students work in teams of up to seven members under the guidance of an adult coach.

    * Teams spend weeks or months, at their own pace, creating solutions to long-term problems.

    * Team members come up with all the ideas for their solution and do all the work themselves.

    * Teams work within the cost limit stated in the problem.

    * Teams have 8 minutes to present their long-term problem solution in competition.

    * Teams are scored for meeting the requirements of the problem and for creativity in categories specifics to each problem.

    * At the competition teams are presented a spontaneous problem to solve on site.

    * A team's standing in competition is determined by its combined Long-Term score, Style score, and Spontaneous score.