• Participation in Odyssey of the Mind provides the student with both cognitive and affective experiences. 
    • Students are challenged to develop their critical thinking potential and their divergent thinking skills through creative problem solving.
    • They are encouraged to plan, organize and set long-range goals.
    • During this process, they gain sensitivity and experience with group dynamics.
    • Learning to take risks allows the students to become more self-confident and independent thus making successes and defeats easier to place in perspective.
    • Experiences with OotM problems prepare students to solve real-life problems using specific skills and behaviors.