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Odyssey of the Mind

The Odyssey of the Mind, the original creative thinking program, teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. For more than twenty-five years, this unique program has helped teachers generate excitement in their students. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems — great and small — for a lifetime.


Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking “beyond the box.” While conventional thinking has an important place in a well-rounded education, students need to learn how to think creatively and productively.



A member may be a school, a recognized community group, or a college or university. The annual membership fee is $290 (U.S.). With each membership, you receive:

  • Five long-term problems that are challenging, user-friendly, and cover a wide variety of subjects.

  • One non-competitive primary problem, designed to introduce younger students to creative problem-solving.

  • The Odyssey of the Mind Program Guide, which provides coaching information, rules, sample spontaneous problems . . . AND MORE!

  • The Odyssey of the Mind Newsletter, a quarterly publication loaded with valuable program information.

  • The opportunity to participate in official competitions.

  • A chance to attend the annual World Finals.

  • The opportunity to win educational scholarships.

  • All mailings and program updates.

  • Support from our international organization.


Organizations that purchase more than one membership receive the following discounts:

  • Each additional membership for the same school or community group @ $190

  • 6-10 members from the same school district (registered at the same time) @ $240

  • 11 or more members from the same school district (registered at the same time) @ $190


Please note there are other costs beyond your National Membership:

  • Florida Team Registration Fee ($100/team)

  • Regional Team Registration Fee (varies depending on the region)

  • State Tournament Registration Fee ($100/advancing competing team)

  • Supplies, Snacks, etc.

How do I get Involved?

Contact the State Director/your local Regional Director

Don't know who your Regional Director is? No worries! Click the "contact" tab to determine which region you belong to and find your RD!​

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?
Click here!

Who can participate? 

  • Primary — Grades K-2 (Non-Competitive)

  • Division I — Grades K-5

  • Division II — Grades 6-8

  • Division III — Grades 9-12

  • 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.


High school students taking accredited courses do not qualify for Division IV. No special exceptions will be granted to allow a team to change its division.

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