Odyssey of the Mind

Teaching Creativity Learning

Our mission began in 1978 and remains unchanged.
We seek to... Foster creative thinking and make learning fun. Odyssey of the Mind World Finals is the pinnacle international team-based divergent problem-solving competition and creativity festival.

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Odyssey of the Mind Education, Outreach & Opportunities

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that offers students at all learning levels the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills across the curriculum in an entertaining team-based environment. By challenging students to solve divergent (open ended) problems, we teach them how to incorporate the foundations of education with the limitlessness of imagination. Odyssey of the Mind transforms students into problem-solvers by teaching them to think Beyond the Box.

Teaching …Beyond the Box

We teach educators effective methods to transform how students learn while having fun. We successfully demonstrated that divergent problems can supplement traditional convergent thinking, and that our approach to education has important value. We provide curriculum and support materials, as well as a variety of professional development programs, including training on how to coach and judge within the Odyssey of the Mind program.

Creativity …Beyond the Box

We develop fun, divergent problems that not only promote creativity, but also channel creative focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts, mathematics (STEM) and more. We advocate team-based creative problem-solving and participation in our creativity competitions to broaden the learning environment and scope of available lessons.

Learning …Beyond the Box

Our program generates student excitement by encouraging imaginative learning paths and nurturing the development of life-long creative problem-solving skills. We also challenge our participants to initiate creative community-service projects, and reward them for creativity, team-work, compassion and perseverance. We love learning, and that is what we do with Odyssey of the Mind.


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Odyssey of the Mind

Beyond the Box