Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition.

    Why Odyssey of the Mind is Good for Kids?
    The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. For more than twenty years, this unique program has helped teachers generate excitement in their students. By tapping into creativity and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem solving.  Students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems -- great and small -- for a lifetime. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking "outside of the box." While conventional thinking has an important place in a well-rounded education, students need to learn how to think creatively and productively.

    In the Odyssey of the Mind . . .
    Students learn to work together and develop team-building skills.

    Students learn to examine problems and to identify the real challenge without limiting the possible solutions and their potential success.

    The creative-thinking process is nurtured and developed as a problem-solving tool.

    Students of all types will find something that will appeal to them.

    The fun of participation leads to an elevated interest in regular classroom curricula.

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