Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. The mission of Iowa Odyssey of the Mind is to provide a safe environment where students of all ages can develop and express their creative thinking skills and ideas through organized activities based on skills learned and developed in a curriculum based setting. Participants will develop academically learned skills while advancing teamwork, self respect and self worth through hands on learning as they develop respect and appreciation for their team members and their ideas.