Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that allows students’ knowledge and ideas to come to life. Students learn to identify a problem, brainstorm solutions, evaluate ideas, select the best one, and then develop it. The process encourages creative, critical, and innovative thinking in a safe environment. Visit the Odyssey of the Mind website to learn more.
Who Should Participate?
All children can benefit from learning creative problem-solving techniques. Each team is allowed up to seven members and adult coach(es). Teams are organized by grade levels K-2 and 3-6.
There are two components to the program – a long-term problem and a spontaneous problem. The topic for long-term problems varies from technical to artistic to classical subjects. It requires teams to prepare their solutions over several weeks or months. The topic for the spontaneous problem is given at the competition site. Review the 2021-2022 problems.
When and Where?
Team Meetings are typically held once a week or twice per week for about 60-90 minutes and start in October. They are usually held at a parent volunteer’s house on a day/time that is agreed upon by all team members. The schedule may be adjusted depending upon the team’s progress in preparation for the competition.
The regional competition is usually held on a Saturday in early March. Exact date/time shall be communicated when it’s confirmed.
The program relies on parent volunteers to coach the participating students. This limits the cost of participation to the cost of materials used for building the team solution (usually ranges within a $25-$50 per student to be collected by the coaches). Training and ongoing support for coaches is provided by the local chapter coordinators via in-person sessions, online resources, weekly tips and emails.
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