Sponsors & Partnerships

Every career and field of study can benefit from Odyssey of the Mind™ trained students. Industry wants people who have the confidence to tackle any issue that comes up, the ability to work well with others, experience at staying within a budget and time constraints, and to find different ways to solve all sorts of problems. Because of this, Odyssey of the Mind™ has had a wide range of partners and sponsors over the years — from IBM and Microsoft to NASA.

Odyssey of the Mind™ teams and our regional, state & country associations partner with organizations, companies, programs and individuals on many levels. We are grateful to all of the sponsors and partners who have made the Odyssey of the Mind™ creative problem solving experience possible for students all over the world.

Sponsor of Odyssey of the Mind:

ARM & HAMMER Sponsor of Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind™ is excited to announced the newest partner and sponsor, ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda. It started in the 2019-2020 tournament year. Each season ARM & HAMMER™ will be sponsoring a problem where students will need to use Baking Soda as a key element in their solution and performance. This exciting partnership will support one of Odyssey of the Mind’s continuing goals, to encourage students to see the world around them in new ways and to make the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Partnership of Odyssey of the Mind:

NASA Earth Observatory

We would like to express our thanks to NASA for its continued support. NASA has been affiliated with Odyssey of the Mind™ for more than 15 years. The skills and experiences their organization is looking for in future scientists and researchers matches up with the STEM and other benefits from participating on an Odyssey of the Mind™ team.

As part of our partnership with NASA, they have provided the following materials:
– A collection of Creativity and Problem-Solving Resources
NASA-Related Spontaneous Practice Examples for teams to use.

OM celebrates our relationship with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Earth Observatory because it symbolizes not only excellence in research and technical innovation, but the power of team-based creative problem-solving and thinking beyond the box. NASA consistently proves that applied creativity can benefit civilization.

NASA Earth Observatory’s primary mission is educational: “to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.” NASA has supported Odyssey of the Mind’s mission for more than a decade because our objectives overlap with respect to promoting STEM education and working to inspire innovation across the curriculum. NASA Earth Observatory provides Odyssey of the Mind participants from every corner of our planet access to invaluable educational resources through its own an exceptional Earth Science Systems educational programs, as well as special divergent problems and Odyssey of the Mind curriculum materials. Together, we create opportunities for everyone to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Check out NASA Education Program Educator Resources & Student Activities

  • “Make it the best it can be.” Remembering Dr. Sam.
    We share some sad news. Dr. Sam, the founder of Odyssey of the Mind, has passed. We remember him with a warm heart and the memories that are created in Odyssey.
  • How are Spontaneous Problems Chosen for Competitions?
    Approximately ⅓ of your final calculated score is based on Spontaneous. Practice, practice, practice…AND…Have fun realizing that on-the-spot creativity can be helped along with advanced prep!
  • Good News! You Can Modify.
    This is when teams are re-evaluating their solutions in light of their experiences at their Qualifying Tournament. And yes, you have the opportunity to make adjustments to your solution given what you learned.