LANSING, Mich. - The campus of Michigan State University will be a home
away from home for some of the world's most creative problem-solvers this May 19-24, as it plays host to the 2015 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. Over
840 teams will compete in the 36th annual event, bringing nearly
16,000 guests to Michigan's Capital Region, all hoping to prove that
creativity is universal.
What is Odyssey of the
Mind? An article written about
the World Finals event in Smithsonian
Magazine called it: "a dizzying four-day think-a-thon that looks like some
kind of kooky cross between a science fair, masquerade party, performing arts
fest and the Olympics."
Millions of kids from as far away as China, Poland, Germany, South Korea and Singapore, to teams from right here in Michigan, have been
working hard all year perfecting their solutions to selected Odyssey of the
Mind problems and competing within their respective regions and countries.
However, only the best of the best make it to this elite World Finals event.
are exceedingly proud to host the participants, parents and volunteers of
Odyssey of the Mind," said Jack Schripsema, Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors
Bureau President. "A large, international event like this with such a positive,
education-focused theme is great for the region and the campus of Michigan
State University is the perfect backdrop. We wish the best of luck to all the
participants and hope for a pleasant stay for our many international guests."
As excited as the Greater Lansing area is to be hosting this event, planners for Odyssey of the Mind are equally glad to be in Spartan country. "We are excited to bring such wonderfully creative and considerate students to one of the nations premier institutions of higher learning," said Sammy Micklus, International Director for Odyssey of the Mind. "Students of all ages, grades and cultures will demonstrate their unique solutions to divergent problems while witnessing how the many different solutions developed by other teams to the very same problem."
The mission of the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau is to positively impact the area's economy by marketing the region as a travel destination.