SF Bay Odyssey of the Mind

Experiencing Creativity

Experiencing Creativity

Experiencing Creativity Experiencing Creativity

Unique opportunity to showcase a child's gifts in visual arts,engineering, problem solving, leadership, and critical thinking!


Special Notice

NorCal Tournament Canceled

On March 12 the California North Odyssey of the Mind Association announced that it was necessary to cancel the Association's tournament in Sacramento. Many state-level tournaments are being canceled throughout the United States including all large state (NY, Penn, North Carolina) Tournaments. 

We in the San Francisco Bay region feel lucky that we were able to hold our Tournament; just a week later the Silicon Valley Region was forced to cancel theirs at the last minute by the school district.  We are all extremely grateful to all the coaches, judges, and parents that supported our tournament.  Many had volunteered to go to Sacramento to support the NorCal Tournament.  Members of our community, upon hearing of Silicon Valley’s misfortune, expressed interest in helping, with suggestions for how we could help in Contra Costa Costa County where the Health Department had not yet shut down large gatherings.  It's this sort of community that pulls together to help the kids complete their problems that are the heart of Odyssey of the Mind.

The SF Bay Board and problem captains are now looking forward to the 2020/2021 season.  We are optimistic that it will proceed as normal and welcome the participation of the team members, their parents, the Coaches, the Judges, and the 100’s of volunteers that make this program work.  We look forward to seeing you all in August as the new problems are published.  

Thank you.

Bruce Mackinlay and Cameran Haire

Regional Directors

SF Bay Odyssey of the Mind.

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You can find The NorCal notice here.

About Us



How teams participate

How teams participate



Odyssey of the Mind, the original creative thinking program, teaches students to develop creative problem-solving skills while having fun in the process! By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems -- great and small -- for a lifetime. 

Odyssey of the Mind provides open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Some are technical problems; others are artistic or performance-based.  All require students to learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems.  

In Odyssey of the Mind . . .

  • Students develop team-building skills by working in groups of up to seven students 
  • Students learn to examine problems and to identify the real challenge without limiting the possible solutions 
  • The creative-thinking process is nurtured and developed as a problem-solving tool
  • Students of all abilities and interests will find something that will appeal to them


How teams participate

How teams participate

How teams participate

Millions of students from kindergarten through college have participated in Odyssey of the Mind. Since Odyssey of the Mind eliminates the fear of criticism, even shy students are afforded the opportunity to open up and express themselves. Students learn to work in teams. 

Each year, five new competitive problems are presented for the teams to solve. These long-term problems are solved over weeks and months. Some of the problems are more technical in nature, while others are artistic or performance based. Each long-term problem rewards "Style" in the solution. This helps teach students that they should not simply try to solve problems but take the next step of enhancing their solutions. The teams are invited to participate in a competition and present their solution with other teams. At the competition, the teams are given an on-the-spot "spontaneous" problem to solve. The combination of long-term problem-solving, Style and spontaneous problem-solving produces a confident, able student. 


Age Divisions

How teams participate

Age Divisions


Teams are formed by division and compete against teams in the same division and problem. Grade level determines the division for teams.

In competition, each school membership may enter one team per problem for each division it covers. Community groups and home-schooled members may enter one team per problem.  

Teams are formed by division and compete against teams in the same division and problem.

Division I -- Grades 3-5 

Division II -- Grades 6-8 

Division III -- Grades 9-12 

Division IV -- College

Students in grades K-2 may participate in the primary division to become familiar with program.  They participate at the local regional level tournaments but do not advance to state or World competitions.

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SF Bay Odyssey of the Mind - Regional Director

3022 Verdala Drive, Livermore, California 94550, United States

(925) 819-1226

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