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Dear DI Team Members,

We know that creative problem solving provides great educational experiences, including many lifelong skills and friendships. We recognize the importance of focusing on your experience and how it enhances your overall education. This is one reason we hold World Finals on a university campus. The costs of running a creative problem-solving program are significant, but are not as great as you might think. Let’s use Odyssey of the Mind, the longest running and largest program of its kind as an example.

An entire school can participate in Odyssey of the Mind for $135. This is for 5 to 15 teams with unlimited Primary (K-2) teams.. There is a modest registration fee to participate in our local tournaments that are lower than what most pay to participate in a DI local tournament..

Our World Finals teams are offered packages that include rooms and meals from dinner on arrival and breakfast on departure. These range in cost from $545 to $655 depending on your arrival date –and you can mix packages. A team of 7 with 2 coaches would be $4,905. If a team wants to stay off campus on its own there is a registration fee of $3,000. At the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals friends and family can attend the Opening and Awards Ceremonies. Teams receive a complimentary team photo. Everyone is invited to participate in our Creativity Festival and International Festival. Friends and family can watch their favorite teams perform, and we encourage teams to watch other performances. These activities and events are free. There are no additional fees. In dealing with large groups of people safety is a concern. We provide a complimentary shuttle that never leaves campus, dining halls where you eat, and rooms on campus surrounded by other teams from all over the world. At World Finals all you need to think about is presenting your solution, trading pins, and making friends!

We do not want anyone to miss out on the benefits of creative problem solving and, for those teams that advance, the sharing of creativity in an international group on a university campus, especially because of the cost. Odyssey of the Mind is willing to step in and step up. If you provide proof of payment for your Team Number for this year and a letter announcing that you wish to switch to Odyssey of the Mind, your school will receive a complimentary membership in Odyssey of the Mind for 2018-2019. Simply mail, fax, or email those along with a completed registration form. We will process your membership and provide you login information to access the current long-term problems and other team materials. Due to the timing of tournaments, registration deadlines will be moved back to January 15.

Odyssey of the Mind has spent more than 40 years putting the educational benefit of our participants first. Our problems are created by developers with more than 100 years of experience. Problems that “challenge” creative thinkers require a great deal of experience and skill. Our focus on the quality of the problems demonstrates our commitment to the experience and benefits of participation.

Now is a great time to join others from all over who are making the change to Odyssey of the Mind.

Black Friday Shopping

This Black Friday, score deals at and AmazonSmile donates to Creative Opportunities Unlimited.

Register for Workshops

We have planned the following workshops for December 8:

Balsa Techniques (8 AM) (no registration required)

Performance Polish (Style), Spontaneous Workshop, Cardboard Construction, and Sewing Basics (Two sessions for each–9-10:30 AM and 10:30-noon). Registration is required for these workshops and space is limited–email See the Event Schedule for details.

Northern Coaches’ Training, Saturday, October 27

This event is free and no registration is necessary. All coaches, and those thinking they might want to coach, are encouraged to attend. Veteran coaches are especially encouraged to attend and support the newcomers.

This event will be held at Essex Middle School, 60 Founders Road, Essex Junction, VT.

Southern Coaches’ Training, Saturday, October 20, 2018

This event is free and no registration is necessary. All coaches, and those thinking they might want to coach, are encouraged to attend. Veteran coaches are especially encouraged to attend and support the newcomers.

This event will be held at Otter Valley Union High School, 2997 Franklin St., Brandon, VT 05733.

Coaches’ Trainings Coming Up in October

Hello, coaches. We have scheduled Coaches’ Trainings for Oct 20 in Brandon for coaches in the Southern Region and Oct 27 in Essex for coaches in the Northern Region. See you there!

Home Depot DIY Workshops for Kids

This would be a great opportunity for kids who might be interested in OM to receive an introduction to building things. Check out your local Home Depot’s “Upcoming Workshops” section for registration. There is a different workshop for kids coming up in October.
Field Goal Game
Kickoff football season with a portable action-packed field goal game. In this workshop, you and your child can build a game to test your aim. Simply flick or drop-pluck the ball through the goal posts to score a field goal worth three points. Once the game is built, your child can customize it with paint and stickers—play solo or with a friend and switch between field judge/scorekeeper and placekicker. Recommended for ages 5 through 12. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, Sep 1, 2018

Purchase with purpose.

Shop for back to school supplies at and Amazon donates to Creative Opportunities Unlimited.

New Season is About to Begin!!

The 2018-2019 Season of Odyssey of the Mind is about to begin.

You can check out the Problem Synopses that are posted on this site. Looks like another interesting set of problems for the teams. It is always such a treat to see how they handle them.

We’ll be sending reminder cards to schools very soon.

Make your Prime Day shopping count!

Your shopping makes a difference. Amazon donates to Vermont Odyssey of the Mind (as Creative Opportunities Unlimited) when you shop Prime Day deals at