Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind (often abbreviated OM or OotM), is a creative problem-solving program where teams of three to seven students present their solution at a competition to a predefined long-term problem that takes many months to complete. The problem involves writing, design, construction, and theatrical performance. OM teaches students how to develop and use their natural creativity to become problem-solvers. Imagine being faced with a problem that requires an original solution. It can be frightening. Now imagine not being afraid to solve that problem – that is what OM members learn. This skill and self-confidence will carry over to all areas of their lives. OM brings the classroom to life as students apply what they learn and combine it with their interests and passions to solve our unique open-ended problems. OM also emphasizes teamwork, budgeting, time management, public speaking, and so much more. This international program is designed to help students at all learning levels grow as individual learners, grow as team members, and to reach their full potential.