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2008 World Finals!
Odyssey of the Mind® 2008 World Finals
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
May 31 - June 3

    Students from around the world will compete in the 29th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals from May 31 to June 3. This competition emphasizes creativity and teamwork. It has grown into the largest international creative problem-solving competition because OotM makes learning fun while giving kids the chance to explore their imaginations and express their creativity.

    We are happy to be returning to University of Maryland, College Park for the seventh time. The University is one of the oldest World Finals sites and has hosted more OotM World Finals than any other site. Odyssey was last in Maryland in 2004, which was also the program's 25th anniversary of the first-ever World Finals. As you can see, University of Maryland has come to be a "home away from home" for Odyssey of the Mind.

    As teams begin to develop many solutions to this year's problems they have the goal of making it to World Finals in mind. While competition is important, the event is also filled with many memory-making moments:
  • NASA will be sure to provide more exciting activities for participants.
  • Meeting people from different countries and cultures and making new friends worldwide.
  • Seeing OMER and Dr. Sam.
  • Having the satisfaction of participating in the highest level of OotM competition.
  • Experiencing the other fun-filled events at WF like the Creativity Festival, International Festival, Float and Banner Parade, Coaches Competition, Opening and Awards Ceremonies, and much more!

    As with all Odyssey events -- expect the unexpected. Remember, the greatest accomplishment in Odyssey of the Mind is coming up with your own original solution. Good luck to all Odyssey teams and volunteers throughout the competition year. See you in Maryland!

Thank you to all participants, volunteers, and spectators for participating at 2008 World Finals, we had a great experience. We hope to see you next year at Iowa State University, May 27 - May 30.

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