img_4482_editedOdyssey of the Mind is the largest international creative problem-solving competition in the world. 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. Build Self Confidence. Develop Life Skills. Create Lasting Friendships.

The Odyssey Experience

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!

Program participation is limited, based on availability of coaches. Odyssey of the Mind iis always looking for NEW COACHES! Parents, community members or SPS employees can coach a team. No experience 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

Learn Creativity Through Innovative Problem Solving

Sponsored by Stamford Public Education Foundation in partnership with the Stamford Public Schools, there is a $180 registration fee (scholarships available/reduced rate for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch). For more information about the Stamford Odyssey of the Mind program contact Prgoram Director Kim Kempton at

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