Oak Park Education Foundation is the proud sponsor of Odyssey of the Mind for Oak Park Unified School District.

Odyssey of the Mind is an acclaimed international STEAM 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.

Each year, OPUSD students have put their STEAM skills into action with the support of their parent coaches. They have placed highly at Regionals and gone to compete at the World Finals competing against teams from Korea, Germany, Poland, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Canada, India, Switzerland, Brazil, and more!

There are five categories of problems participants can solve:

  • Vehicle: involves building vehicles of different sizes that must perform specified tasks.
  • Technical: involves building “innovative contraptions.”
  • Classics: incorporates knowledge of architecture, art, and literature.
  • Structure: requires the designing and building of a structure using only balsa wood and glue, and competing to see which structure can hold the most weight.
  • Performance: requires the team to act, sing, and/or dance based on a given theme.

Oak Park Education Foundation is the OPUSD’s Sponsor for this program.

Please reach out to Volunteer Parent Coordinator, Samantha Kinkaid, at OOTMOPEF@gmail.com, or Steven Ginter at steven.ginter@gmail.com for further information.