Teams of students, friends, and siblings work together to solve one of five Long-Term Problems. From theatre to music, architecture to coding, OM provides challenges that are sure to be of interest to brilliant young minds!


In the 21st Century, one thing is certain: to be successful, people need to be creative, must be willing to collaborate, and should be able to generate ideas quickly and spontaneously as technology moves the world at a much faster pace.

Traditional classrooms, filled to the brim with reading, writing, arithmetic, and testing standard education modules often leave little room for this essential creative education.  However, for over 40 years, schools around the world have been participating in an educational program that complements traditional learning with STEAM-based education in the arts, engineering, teamwork, and problem-solving skills, changing the lives of students forever.

Welcome to Odyssey of the Mind (OM), a creative problem-solving program that has changed the lives of millions of participants around the world for over 40 years!  And, new for this year, Odyssey of the Mind will provide both an in-person *and* a completely online virtual option to accommodate schools, students, teachers, and parents everywhere.  The best part: if the world gets safer, virtual teams can switch to in-person teams (and vice versa). 


Excited to do OM but not sure how to get started or what to do?Don't worry!  We are here to help you!  Illinois Odyssey of the Mind now offers a completely free online learning experience so  your students/children can participate in OM at home on their own, just like a remote extra-curricular activity!  Learn more about that here: Odyssey Academy.


At 1/4 the cost of competing programs, OM - the world's first-ever creative problem-solving program - is a smart, affordable way to transform your student(s) to the next level and to change their lives (and yours) forever. Let's get started on your Odyssey!

Odyssey Academy is a series of short videos that takes you step-by-step through the Odyssey of the Mind program. No need for you to design a schedule to take a team through the program; Odyssey  Academy does it for you, teaching you about OM as you participate!