The Odyssey of the Mind School Program fosters creative thinking and problem-solving skills among participating students from kindergarten through college. It features an annual competition component at local through international levels. Students solve problems in a variety of areas--from building mechanical devices to giving their own interpretation of literary classics. Through solving problems, students learn lifelong skills such as working with others as a team, evaluating ideas, making decisions, and creating solutions while also developing self-confidence from their experiences. The OM Association also develops activities to integrate these skills into regular classroom curricula.
The Mountain Home OM Program has been phenomenally successful; we have sent at least one team to the World Finals 9 of the last 10 years. In 2005, five Mountain Home teams competed at the World in Colorado.