Ready to start your adventure beyond the box?
Trying to start the creative thinking program Odyssey of the Mind in your school, district, or community? We’re here to help!
NorCal Odyssey of the Mind is one of the most “beyond the box” thinking programs that is for affordable to allow every young person the opportunity to participate! NorCal OM is a global creative, innovative, teamwork program helping students develop skills that will build a better future for all.
Since Odyssey of the Mind is a worldwide competition, there are a few steps to getting started. Let’s break those down.
Get people excited!
One Odyssey membership supports multiple teams, so get as many people interested as possible. We can help!
Get your memberships
Joining Odyssey give you access to problem details, program materials and important clarifications.
Let’s break for questions!
There are several steps a team must take to participate in OM, which is the result of the program’s organizational structure. Odyssey comprises the national/international organization (often referred to as HQ), state chapters, local members (usually schools), and teams. California is divided into two chapters, NorCal and SoCal. San Francisco, Silicon Valley, the North Bay and all areas north to the state line are part of the NorCal Odyssey of the Mind.
To participate in the program, a group, usually a school, must first purchase a National Membership. Then, to participate locally, an Association (State) Membership is necessary. OM is an all-volunteer-run network, so membership fees are used to keep the program going every year!
One National Membership allows a school or civic group to form five teams in each division, including an unlimited number of primary teams. If an elementary school with grades TK through 6 purchased a membership, it could have five Division 1 teams, five Division 2 teams, and an unlimited number of primary teams.
A membership gives you access to full Long-Term problems, your membership area, coach and judge training, the clarification system and, within the NorCal Association, a Team Coordinator who is here to support your team through the whole OM season.
Form your team
Teams of up to seven students and a coach are organized under a school, home school, or community group.
Review materials & Get Going!
Once you have a membership and a team, you can review the problems, program guide and other materials. You can decide which problem you want to solve and get started. Give your team the best chance at success by thoroughly understanding the problem and the rules.
From the Odyssey Academy
The Odyssey Academy is your step-by-step to the OM experience, led by long-time volunteer and Odyssey of the Mind alum, Dr. Jim Mourey.
In this course, learn about about your role in OM and what’s expected from your team.