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. They must also participate in the spontaneous portion of the competition by generating solutions to a problem they have not seen before. While the long-term problem solution often takes many months to complete and involves various elements of theatrical performance, construction and design, the spontaneous portion occurs the day of the competition.
Odyssey of the Mind is administered by Creative Competitions, Inc. (CCI) , New Jersey, US. In INDIA, the program is organized by “Odyssey of the Mind - India.”, a registered non-profit association. The association organizes the Regional Competition and leads the India contingent at the World Finals and Eurofest.
Mr. Prebhat Sachdeva is the current Association Director (2010 – to date).

Why Odyssey of the mind

“Odyssey of the Mind” promotes many skills, talents and interests. Every student is qualified to be a team member. Gifted children can strengthen their talents, “wallflowers” can discover theirs.

The students will also learn that disappointments and failures are a natural part of the process in finding a solution. But in the end, there will be success - no matter how they place at a competition, and when they recognize the experiences they collected.

To make it short: “Odyssey of the Mind” is an all-round extracurricular activity that is educational and provides a lot of fun. Find out how the competition is set up and what kind of different problems students have to solve!

The core model of OOTM– CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) involves students in a range of enjoyable and significant experiences. To a large extent, the core of CBSE, IB, ICSE and other state boards should be driven by the OOTM’s mission “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through creativity, innovation, intercultural understanding and respect”.

Fostering and nurturing of international mindedness component of the core of CBSE, IB and ICSE curriculum in India is achieved when students develop the Learner Profile and share experience in their profiles to various Universities.

The Brain Behind the Amazing Concept

The Odyssey of the Mind program was co-founded by C. Samuel Micklus and Theodore Gourley in 1978 at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Odyssey of the Mind Program is open to all students over its 38 years of history. Millions of students from conturies including Australia, China, Canada, Germany, Hongkong, Japan, India, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and practically every state in the USA participate at the World Finals.

Benefits of Odyssey of the mind


  • Puts your school among the elite league schools.
  • School’s Participation Certificate for the Program Year adds to your Hall of Fame.
  • International Recognition.
  • Helps the school in imparting education in an innovative manner, modernizing, and revolutionizing the face of Indian education.
  • A significant program for students of all boards CBSE, ICSE, IB and other state boards.


  • Builds teamwork skills such as cooperation and thoughtfulness and respect for others.
  • Improves thinking skills.
  • Builds confidence and increases self-esteem.
  • Provides an environment where students can express their ideas without criticism.
  • Makes students more detail-oriented and inclined to do their best.
  • Makes learning fun!

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