What is Odyssey Of The Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is the largest International Creative Problem-Solving competition in the world. Initiated in US in 1978, this International Educational program is spread over 35 countries and is open to all students.

In a span of over 30-years, millions of students from around the world have participated at local and then at World finals!

Each year thousands of students from more than 30 countries including Australia, China, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom and practically every state in the United States, participate at the World Finals.


Program brought to U.A.E with the technical support of Odeyssey Of The Mind - India

  • Running in India for 8 years.
  • More than 7 000+ children & 100+ teachers enroll for the programme every year and the numbers are growing.
  • Large number of schools in India benefit from the programme, including Amity Group of Schools, K.R. Mangalam and DPS schools.

With A Twist

All OotM solutions require students to perform not just the sciences, but the arts as well - be it set-building, costume-making, creating props, acting, singing or playing an instrument. These skills are important to create a balanced education.


A Tool of Learning & Enhancing 21st Century Skills

  • Complex Technical and Artistic Problem Solving
  • Intellectual Curiosity, Creativity and Innovation
  • Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills
  • Team Work - Consensus, Communication, Collaboration
  • Resource Planning

Innovative Problems that challenge students to

  • Design mechanical dinosaurs
  • Invent new factory machinery
  • Build working vehicles
  • Put a twist on classic artworks
  • Turn Pandora's Box into a video game, and so much more

Registration Of Teams

A team comprises 5-7 students from same division and selects one problem. They compete against teams in the same division and the same problem.

  • Division I: Grades K to 5 - under the age of 12 years
  • Division II: Grades 6 to 8 - under the age of 15 years
  • Division III: Grades 9 to 12 - under the age of 17 years
  • Division IV: Post High School

The cut off date for calculation of age is April 30th of the competition year. International competitions take place in late spring.

Judging Criteria

Part 1 - Long Term Problems - 5 Categories

  • Vehicle: involves building vehicles of different sizes and various power sources that must perform specified tasks.
  • Technical: involves building "innovative contraptions" for solving the defined problem.
  • Classics: incorporates knowledge of architecture, art, and literature.
  • Structure: requires the designing and building of a structure using only balsa wood and glue and competing to see which structure has maximum load bearing capacity.
  • Performance: requires the team to act, sing and/or dance based on a given theme

Part 2 - Spontaneous Problems

All teams complete one of the three forms of on-the-spot competition. Spontaneous problem could be Verbal, Hands-on or Verbal-hands-on.