Odyssey of the Mind has been the world’s greatest creative problem-solving program since its beginning, in 1978. What started as a project for students in a single industrial design class has grown into a world-wide program that has reached multiple generations, allowing students to learn, develop, and employ skills related to teamwork, resource management, designing and making, divergent thinking, and so much more. Odyssey of the Mind provides students with a place to learn today’s creative problem-solving skills while having fun!
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Odyssey News and Updates
April 21, 2021
Two important General Clarifications have been issued for Problem 4: “It’s A Trap!” teams competing in 2021 Virtual World Finals. Please read immediately and share with your fellow OMers.
March 9, 2021
A General Clarification has been posted for ALL long-term problems, relating to the recording of performance videos for virtual competition.
March 4, 2021
Helpful links regarding how to combine performance and explanation videos for virtual tournaments have been added to the Virtual Team Resources page, which can be found under the Teams tab.
February 22, 2021
Problem-specific explanation video guidelines have been posted in the Virtual Tournament Procedures. The lists for each problem are key components that judges must be able to see and understand to score teams effectively. This list is only for teams performing virtually.
February 9, 2021
Program-wide General Clarifications have been posted for ALL Long-Term Problems and a problem-specific General Clarification has been posted for Problem 5: Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger
January 25, 2021
Several General Clarifications have been posted for Long-Term Problems recently. Teams should check the Clarifications section of our website often to understand any refinements or additional insights into their problem limitations and requirements.
January 5, 2021
One General Clarification has been issued for Problem 3: Classics… OMER and the Beanstalk, and another has been issued regarding ALL virtual performance videos. Please visit your Long-Term Problem’s clarifications to read these updates.
December 14, 2020
Virtual Tournament Procedures, team lists, and guidance on creating your virtual team submission can now be found in a combined Virtual Team Resources page. The full Virtual Tournament Procedures will remain on this separate page and are the official procedures for virtual competition.
December 10, 2020
Three General Clarifications have been posted for Problem 4: It’s a Trap!
December 9, 2020
Virtual Tournament guides for officials are available in the Volunteers Corner section, under the Downloads > Tournament tabs.
November 18, 2020
A General Clarification has been posted which applies to all problems. Additional General Clarifications have been issued for Problem 4 and Problem 5. Visit our Clarifications page to read these and all other clarifications.
November 12, 2020
October 29, 2020
Virtual Division IV has been expanded! Now, any group of individuals that don’t qualify for Divisions I – III can qualify for Virtual Division IV.
October 15, 2020
Virtual Tournament Procedures have been posted. These are the general guidelines for how teams will participate in virtual competitions.
October 6, 2020
Our first General Clarification of the year, which applies to ALL Long-Term Problems, has been posted to our Clarifications page.
September 22, 2020
With the inclusion of virtual tournaments to the 2020-21 Odyssey of the Mind year, Odyssey HQ has made a minor change to Spontaneous performances. Teams had previously been limited to five team members participating in the solution but now the entire team may contribute to Spontaneous solutions. For the full text of this change and to see ALL program rules and procedures, please consult the Program Guide.
September 2, 2020
Current members may now submit team-specific clarificiation requests through our recently-redesigned Clarifications page. The deadline for submitting clarification requests is February 15, 2021.
August 27, 2020
Are you having trouble envisioning what a virtual Odyssey of the Mind performance looks like? Visit our newest page to see some of the ways that your team can capture your solution for virtual submission, all of which meet our virtual performance guidelines.
August 24, 2020
The updated Program Guide for 2020-21 is now available for all to view, in two formats. You can view and download the entire document (PDF) or visit our new page which allows you to quickly jump to the section(s) you’re looking for. This guide is intended for use by coaches and teams in Odyssey of the Mind. It contains the general rules for competition and will help them understand our program.
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