Dear DI Team Member,
We know that creative problem solving provides great learning opportunities, including STEAM skill development, leadership skills, confidence, teamwork, divergent thinking ability, and so much more! Although the benefits of creative problem solving are many, the costs of participating in a quality creative problem-solving program are not as great as you might think. Let’s use Odyssey of the Mind®, the longest running and largest program of its kind, as an example of affordable quality.
In Odyssey of the Mind, an entire school can participate for just $135 (this price has not changed for over 20 years). Note: This membership is for 5 to 15 teams with unlimited Primary (K-2) teams. There is a modest registration fee to participate in your local tournament that will likely be far less than what you will be asked to pay in DI, and this fee simply goes to running the cost of the competition to ensure a wonderful, rewarding experience for teams.
Teams that advance to our World Finals competition are offered packages that include rooms and meals–breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the very first dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of departure. These packages range in cost from $545 to $655 per package. Thus, a team of 7 with 2 coaches would be $4,905 with room and board, included. If a team wants to stay off campus on its own, there is a registration fee of $3,000, which is still far cheaper than a Global Finals registration. At the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals everyone is welcome to watch teams perform (we encourage kids to see other performances), attend the Opening and Awards Ceremonies, and participate in our Creativity Festival and International Festival. All of these activities and events are free and open to family, friends and spectators. There are no additional fees. And teams receive a complimentary team photo!
We do not want anyone to miss out on the benefits of creative problem solving and, for those teams that advance, the sharing of creativity in an international group on a university campus, especially because of the cost. Odyssey of the Mind is willing to step in and step up. If you provide proof of payment for your Team Number for this year and a letter announcing that you wish to switch to Odyssey of the Mind, your school will receive a complimentary membership in Odyssey of the Mind for 2018-2019. Simply mail, fax, or email those along with a completed registration form. We will process your membership and provide you login information to access the current long-term problems and other team materials. Due to the timing of tournaments, registration deadlines will be moved back to January 15.
Odyssey of the Mind has spent more than 40 years putting the educational benefit of our participants first. Problems that “challenge” creative thinkers require a great deal of expertise and skill to write – and ours are created by developers with four decades of experience. Focusing on the quality of the problems demonstrates our commitment to the experience and benefits of participation. After all, in a creative problem-solving program aimed at teaching how to think creatively, divergent problems that can be solved using creativity are what matters the most.
Last but not least, in dealing with large groups of people, security is an understandable concern. Therefore, we provide a complimentary shuttle that never leaves campus, as well as safe dining halls, prop storage spaces, and dorm lounges where you can meet and hang out with fellow teams from around the globe. At World Finals all you and your team need to think about is presenting your solution, trading pins, having fun, and making new friends.
Now is a great time to join others who are making the change to Odyssey of the Mind.
We are the Odyssey of the Mind, and we would love to have you join our journey.