What is Odyssey of the Mind?

Odyssey of the Mind (OM™) is an international creative problem solving competition.


Odyssey of the Mind has been a leader in education for 40 years, teaching students how to develop and use their natural creativity to become problem-solvers. Imagine being faced with a problem that requires an original solution. It can be frightening. Now imagine not being afraid to solve that problem – that is what OM members learn. This skill and self-confidence will carry over to all areas of their lives. OM brings the classroom to life as students apply what they learn and combine it with their interests and passions to solve our unique open-ended problems. OM also emphasizes teamwork, budgeting, time management, public speaking, and so much more. This international program is designed to help students at all learning levels grow as individual learners, grow as team members, and to reach their full potential.  

Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind has sponsored a state-wide tournament since 1981.  Each year, hundreds of students from across the state come together to compete in the Connecticut Tournament.