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About Odyssey of the Mind:

Odyssey of the Mind is the largest international creative problem-solving competition worldwide. It is an innovative, extra-curricular learning experience in which school-based teams are tasked with solving problems that range from building mechanical devises to presenting their own theatrical interpretation of literary classics. Driven by discovery and exploratory learning, Odyssey of the Mind teaches 21st Century Skills, is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) focused and supports current curriculum standards. Learning to solve problems creatively and confidently is an invaluable life skill. Solutions are created 100% by the students on the team. Teams cannot accept outside assistance, even from coaches, teachers, or parents.

The Odyssey Experience: Build Self Confidence. Develop Life Skills. Create Lasting Friendships.

SPEF’s Odyssey of the Mind teams meet weekly, from October through March, to develop their long-term solution. Specific meeting day and times are determined by individual teams and their coaches. Through interactive activities, mentoring, and competition-based creative problem solving, participants of the program learn peer-to-peer collaboration, leadership, and listening skills.

Get Involved: Coaches Needed!

SPEF is always looking for Odyssey of the Mind coaches. Program participation is limited, based on availability of coaches, and therefore parents, community members, or Stamford Public Schools employees are encouraged to participate in this program. No experience is required, just time, patience, and an appreciation for “outside-the-box” thinking! Training, mentoring and extensive resources are provided.

Teams include 5-7 students under the guidance of 1-2 coaches under the following Divisions:

Primary: K – Grade 2
Division I: Grades 3 – 5
Division II: Grades 6 – 8

For each student participant, there is a $180 registration fee (scholarships are available). For more information about SPEF’s Stamford Odyssey of the Mind program contact Program Coordinator Regan Allan at