Understand the problem, and create a solution.
Odyssey of the Mind has been a leader in education for 40 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.
His infamous assignment, “Cross a lake without getting wet” led to a variety of interesting solutions—one student even tried to walk on water with a system of old inner tubes and pulleys. Had he said, “Build a boat” most would have been similar since we all have a preconceived idea of what a “boat” should look like. It might also be the only design class that needed the help of the coast guard!
Odyssey of the Mind continues to change lives using Dr. Sam’s original principles. At the highest level of competition, World Finals, 20,000 teams, coaches, and volunteers from around the world come together proving that creative problem-solving knows no boundaries..