Odyssey of the Mind is a worldwide competition sponsored by NASA. The competition comprises three stages. The first are the Regional Finals, then the National Finals and finally - for the best participants from particular countries - the World Finals in the USA. Odyssey of the Mind is a competition for creativity and the ability to solve problems in a creative way. Hundreds of teams from dozens of countries will appear at the World Finals.
In 2016, just a dozen or so days before the competition in the US, PEKAES received an inquiry asking for support from Sparks of Imagination team within the scope of transporting stage props for the final of the competition in the USA. There was not much time for a decision, so we decided to accept the challenge, organize transport and become a sponsor of the talented and determined Sparks of Imagination! Sparks of Imagination won 13th place in the world.
The next year, 2017, PEKAES supported two teams - from Pogórze and Warsaw - by organizing and covering the cost of air transport of stage props to the USA. One of the teams - Sparks of Imagination - in a direct head to head with over 50 teams, won the World Championship and the prestigious Ranatra Fusca Prize, awarded to teams that took a unique creative risk, showed incredible creativity, as well as acting out of the box in solving the problem.
For the third time, PEKAES, gave a helping hand to a group of youths from the "Sparks of Imagination" Association by providing transport of stage props to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, which took place towards the end of May at the Iowa State University in Ames, the United States. 830 teams from around the world took part in the finals, competing across five problems and in 4 age categories. The Polish team finished in tenth place.