Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving team competition. School groups consisting up to seven members are presented one of five types of "problems" that they solve through their own ideas and work. Problem types include vehicle, technology, classic, structure, and performance -based challenges. Odyssey of the Mind has several age groups: primary (K-2), division I (grades 3-5), division II (grades 6-8), division III (grades 9-12), and division IV (college level). Students present solutions that consist of a eight-minute maximum-length skit in which they meet the requirements of the problem, including writing the script, creating their own costumes, scenery, props and devices. If a team places in a top position at the regional competition (Owen J. Roberts is a East Central region school district), they move on to compete at the state level. State champions represent their state at the World Finals competition, which is truly a global event with teams from many different states and countries such as Canada, Mexico, Germany, Poland, and China.
The Odyssey of the Mind program fosters not only creativity and problem-solving skills, but promotes self-confidence, team-building, and friendship. The program can truly make a difference is a child's life.