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Arts and Enrichment: Odyssey of the Mind


John Florussen, Regional Director
(518) 464-5123


Questions about team registration, judge or volunteer registration:

Colleen Meharg, Secretary
(518) 464-3910


Annie Gersztoff, Arts Coordinator  
(518) 464-5102


900 Watervliet-Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12205

Odyssey of the Mind Information

The Odyssey of the Mind program teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems in a team setting.

Embedded in the process are 21st Century Skills such as Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Global Awareness, Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills, Self-Direction and Adaptability.

The Region 7 Odyssey of the Mind service instructs school coaches about the Odyssey of the Mind program, trains volunteers to judge the competition and produces the annual regional tournament. Membership in the state and national organizations is required for participation in this service. Regional first-place champions are eligible for the state competition; state champions are eligible for the world competition. Get CoSer and pricing details for this service.

2022-2023 Problem Synopses


Planning for Odyssey 2022-2023 is underway!  After a couple of years of upheaval, we are back for a fully in- person tournament.  We do not anticipate any changes to this plan, but as always, we will monitor the situation and follow any recommended guidance and/or mandates.  Continue to check back for updates! 



Region 7 Tournament Date - March 4, 2023 


State Tournament - April 15, 2023 - NYS Fairgrounds


Odyssey World Finals - May 24-May 27, 2022 - Michigan State University  


Schedule of Events

Team Registration - The deadline for National, State and Regional is Friday, January 6thClick here to obtain membership and to register your team


Coaches Training - Coaches Training was held on Tuesday, November 29th.  If you were unable to attend, a link to the recording and the presentation slides are below.

Coach Training Video

Presentation Slides


Judges Training We are currently looking for judges.  All teams are required to supply a judge.  Judges Training is scheduled for Saturday, January 28th.  All judges will need to attend a judges training and be available to judge on tournament day.  Click here to register 


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"The one constant thing is that we (kids and adults) learn from the experiences and grow as a result. That's what the Odyssey is about and that's why I put myself through it year after year." - Cathi Butryn, Paige Elementary School Coach

"I was impressed with the Cobleskill team, they're just SO GOOD...the team is so down to earth. Our team ran into them after the competition outside and the two teams started talking about mistakes each had made and telling each other it didn't matter — watching the two groups of teens who were competing against each other and didn't know one another treat each other so supportively truly impressed me — not many adults behave that well! Thanks again for everything!" - Jacquie Carbone, Schenectady High School Coach