Each year Odyssey of the Mind teams astonish audiences all over the world with their extraordinarily creative solutions to our original problems. Teams advance in competition until the champions meet and compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.
Odyssey of the Mind 2017 World Finals
May 24 through May 27
Opening Ceremonies will take place on Wednesday, May 24. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be days filled with competitions and other creative activities. There will be a Creativity Festival, an International Festival, a Coaches & Officials Competition, NASA-sponsored events, and a lot of pin trading! On Friday night there will be a graduation ceremony for those missing theirs to be with their team or to serve as a volunteer in this world championship of creativity. Watching performances and attending these activities is free to the public. We welcome everyone to join us to cheer on the teams as they present their solutions to the Long Term Problems. World Finals will culminate by crowning the World Champions of Creative Problem Solving during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 27.
In 2016 more than 825 teams traveled around the world to display and share their creativity in Ames, Iowa, USA. It marked the 8th time Iowa State University and the Ames CVB joined together to host the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals tying it with the University of Maryland for the most of all time! Here are some scenes from 2016…