California Odyssey of the Mind

Welcome to California Odyssey of the Mind!!

When people ask me, “What is Odyssey of the Mind?” I tell them to imagine a combination of theater and problem solving with a creative twist. Through the writing of original scripts, the creation of 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 script writing, costume creation, music, dance, visual arts, props and scenery construction, engineering, problem solving, leadership, critical thinking, and more!

California OM has a long history of outstanding creativity, with teams competing at the regional, state, and international levels. Our state has historically had 10 regions run by amazing regional directors who dedicate an incredible amount of time and energy to make sure our program runs smoothly for our 750 teams from Redding to San Diego.

As of August 1, 2018, California Odyssey of the Mind will be splitting into two separate organizations, NorCal and SoCal. The regions in NorCal will be SF Bay, Silicon Valley, Delta, Redwood, North State Shasta, and Capital Gold. The regions in SoCal will be LA Basin, South Central Valley, Inland Empire, and Coastal. This decision was made to address the geographic difficulties many teams had in attending the state tournament. We are excited about this new phase for Odyssey of the Mind in the great state of California!

Enjoy looking around our website – we have information about OM, 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.  Please stay tuned as changes to our website and social media take place during this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a regional director.

Lynn Larsen, California Odyssey of the Mind State Director