NorCAL Odyssey of the Mind

Welcome to NorCal Odyssey of the Mind !

“What is Odyssey of the Mind?” It is a place where knowledge, creativity, imagination and ingenuity come crashing together to allow one-of-a-kind solutions that only can be created by students at a given moment in time.  Odyssey is a combination of theater and problem solving which needs the use of both sides of the brain to solve and present.  Students of all ages, kinder through college, write original scripts, creation costumes, props, scenery, and technical elements.  Teams of students work together to produce incredible solutions to creative problems while thinking “Beyond the Box!” Students with talents in many areas find a unique opportunity to showcase their gifts in engineering, script writing, physics, costume creation, math, music, dance, visual arts, construction, problem solving, leadership, critical thinking, and more!

Odyssey of the Mind has long history in California, with over 750 teams competing at the regional, state, and international levels.  The program has grown so much in the state of California that in 2018 two separate associations were organized to allow more students to participate and to keep travel distance for teams closer to home.

California North (NorCal) has six regions and physically half the state.  The regions in NorCal are North State Shasta, Redwoods, Capital Gold, Delta, San Francisco Bay, and Silicon Valley. Be sure and check out the REGION tab on this site for more details in your area.

Look around our website – we have information about Odyssey in general, galleries with photos and videos from our teams, information about forming a team in your area, opportunities for volunteers, and a link to make a donation if you would like to support our program.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a regional director or myself, we are happy to help.

As a longtime coach, I have watched many students blossom in confidence, creativity, and comedic intellect which is often carried with the student forward into whatever the future holds.  The unique opportunities create leadership skills, teamwork, and lifelong friendships.

We look forward to you joining us.

Be safe and well,

Diedre Girod, NorCal Odyssey of the Mind Volunteer State Director

Help Support Students

NorCal Odyssey is a non-profit organizations that runs on volunteer efforts. Help support the efforts of this organization to give Nouthern California students the opportunity to let their imaginations grow and be creative.

Other ways to help support

Pay NorCal State Membership





The state membership will register your group at the state level and allows for the membership to participate in California North. These funds are used to run the state tournament, train officials, and maintain the program in Northern California.

Find Your Region

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Find the region that your team will register to compete and where coaching training will be offered.

NorCal Odyssey Association Tournament



  • Competitions are over for this year. Please come back in September for the year's Competitions.

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News & Announcements

Wagner Ranch is in the NEWS!

Wagner Ranch Places First in Odyssey of the Mind By Staff  - April 25, 2021 (Regina Gordon, Photographer)     The fifth grade team at Wagner Ranch Elementary rose to the challenge amidst a pandemic year and placed first in their

Look Who Is In The NEWS – Loma Verde Odyssey of the Mind

4.23.2021 Loma Verde Odyssey of the Mind Teams Advance to World Finals (Novato, CA)…Loma Verde Elementary School sent five teams of students to compete in the annual Odyssey of the Mind NorCal Section Championship this year and the winners were

2021 Showcase Celebration Event

  Join us live for the NorCal ALL Regions Showcase Celebration this Saturday, March 13th at 4:30pm ONLINE Congratulations!!! You completed your first round for this year’s Odyssey of the Mind competition season. On Saturday, March 13th at 4:30 pm, we

Starting a Team

General Interest
Generate interest in the Odyssey program.

International Membership
Any school, home school, or community group may purchase a membership from Creative Competitions, Inc at

– Traditional International Membership – $290 Join now!

-Virtual International Membership (team without sponsor) – $250

Pricing for the 2022-2023 season



NorCal State Membership
Purchase a state membership from NorCal Odyssey Association for each Traditional Membership  $80 * or Virtual Membership $60* which is required to participate in the NorCal Odyssey of the Mind program.

(* subject to change)

Regional Membership
Each team competing in a Regional Qualifying Tournament pays a $75* registration fee per team.

(* subject to change)


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