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Owning/Managing Organization: Creative Competitions, Inc.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
Each year, five new competitive problems are presented for the teams to solve. These long-term problems are solved over weeks and months. Some of the problems are more technical in nature, while others are artistic or performance based. Each long-term problem rewards "Style" in the solution. This helps teach students that they should not simply try to solve problems but take the next step of enhancing their solutions. The teams are invited to participate in competition and present their solution with other teams. At the competition, the teams are given an on-the-spot "spontaneous" problem to solve.
Outcomes of Program:
- Students develop team-building skills by working in groups of as many as seven students per team.
- Students learn to examine problems and to identify the real challenge without limiting the possible solutions and their potential success.
- The creative-thinking process is nurtured and developed as a problem-solving tool.
- Students of all types will find something that will appeal to them.
- The fun of participation leads to an elevated interest in regular classroom curricula.
- Teachers have a program to further provide students with a well-rounded education.
A member may be a school, a recognized community group, or a college or university. A membership fee is $135 (U.S.).
Each team must have 1-7 students and at least 1 adult coach.
Division I -- Grades K-5 (U.S.): Less than 12 years of age on May 1, 2016 (Other International).
Division II -- Grades 6-8 (U.S.): Less than 15 years of age on May 1, 2016 (Other International).
Division III -- Grades 9-12 (U.S.): Oldest team member does not qualify for Divisions I or II and is attending regular school--not a college or university or anything similar (Other International).
Division IV -- Collegiate for ALL TEAMS.
All team members must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and be enrolled in at least one course at a two- or four-year college or university.
State and National Recognition
One per group per year.