East Lansing takes international spotlight hosting 2019 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

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LANSING, MI. (WILX) -- Michigan State University will be a home away from home for some of the world's most creative problem-solvers this May.

From May 22 to May 25, MSU will host the 2019 Odyssey of the Mind World finals bringing nearly 900 teams to compete in the 40th annual event.

Millions of kids from around the world including China, Poland, Germany, Indonesia and Singapore, in addition to kids from Michigan have been working all year to master their solutions to selected Odyssey of the Mind problems competing within their respective regions and countries.

Only the best make it to the World Finals event.

The Smithsonian Magazine called Odyssey of the Mind "a dizzying four-day think-a-thon that looks like some kind of kooky cross between a science fair, masquerage party, performing arts fest and the Olympics.

President and CEO of the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau Jack Schripsema said the Greater Lansing area is proud to host the event.

"We are extremely proud to host the participants, parents and volunteers of Odyssey of the Mind," Schripsema said. "A large, international event like this with such a positive, education-focused theme is great for the region and MSU campus is the perfect backdrop. We wish the best of luck to all the participants and hope for a pleasant stay for our thousands of international guests."

International Director for Odyssey of the Mind Sammy Micklus said they are also excited to come to MSU's campus.

"We are excited to bring such wonderfully creative and considerate students to one of the nation's premier institutions of higher learning," Micklus said. "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."

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