What is Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind, often called OM (although the official acronym is OotM), is a creative problem-solving program involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members work together at length to solve a predefined long-term problem and present their solution to the problem at a competition.

The World’s final will be held at Iowa State University, USA on May 2024.


Global Competitiveness and Understanding. Whole hearted Effort to solve a personally exciting problem with teams from around the world.

problem solving, creative & critical thinking

Brainstorm possible technical, thematic and artistic solutions. Convergence of ideas for finding a real solution.


Resource Management by the team members. Enhancing calculated Risk taking ability and teamwork.


No-Outside Assistance rule - team generated research, solutions and decision making. . .


Team work - Consensus - Collaboration. Understanding and valuing the power of diversity within the team.

Authentic Assessment

Accountability and Adaptability. Planning and refining for future tournaments.
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Our History

Odyssey of the Mind has been a leader in education for 46 years. It’s emphasized creativity, science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math long before it was a discipline. It started in Founder Dr. Sam’s innovative industrial design classes at Rowan University in the 1970’s. He believed learning should be fun, students should incorporate their own interests, there are always new uses for old items, and the way you ask a question is everything.

What others are saying...

I have done Odyssey of the Mind 2 years ago, was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Being unaware of the 'Balsa wood' problem, after doing a lot of research & building various different structures, our team won the Regional round & moved on to the International Round. Poland was an enriching experience for me, learnt about different cultures & finally won the prestigious 'Omer's Award'. This could not have been achieved without our coach Bindu ma'am & the Odyssey team.
Arnav Arora

Arnav Arora


I have attended Odyssey of the mind two times both in World Finals as well in Eurofest. It was an enriching and great learning experience for me. Solving problems and thinking out of the box were the two key features of this competition. Interacting with students from all over the globe and making friends was the best part of this program. Overall it was a good experience for me.
Lakshaya Khurana

Lakshaya Khurana


After participating in Odyssey of the Mind, I have come out of my comfort zone and I am able to think out of the box. I have been able to think creative with the help of them. I enjoy their problems as whatsoever they give to solve is always something new which you cant even imagine.
Parv Gupta

Parv Gupta


Odyssey of the Mind is an excellent platform for children to explore, discover, & to be independent and responsible. It gives an opportunity to children to showcase their talent & creativity at an International level and work with buddies from all over the world . We are proud that we were part of Odyssey of the Mind Euro fest. We would like to thank Mr. Prabhat for being a mentor and a guide.
Preeti Kumar

Preeti Kumar







Million Students


Years of Odyssey


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Latest news & events

Press Reports OOTM 2019

Participants from various schools participated and won trophies and medals in different categories at OOTM Regionals 2019.

National Victor Public School, IP Extension – bags first position at Eurofest 2018

Participants from National Victor Public School, IP Extension, New Delhi bagged the first position at the Eurofest 2018 in the […]

Participating Schools & Universities