Odyssey of the Mind is an International Creativity Competition. (www.odysseyofthemind.com)
Teams of 5-7 students (facilitated by teacher or parent coaches) decide on a challenge problem to develop a long-term solution. Some problems are theatrical, some are technical, and some are both! Teams write their own plays, create their own scenery and props, and address the challenge as creatively as possible given a limited budget! On competition day, teams present their solution and also solve a spontaneous challenge.
To check out amazing past-year performances, go to YouTube and search for Odyssey of the Mind World Finals!
Teams will meet at a time, day, and location that work for the team members. Generally, teams meet weekly or even twice weekly as the regional competition approaches on March 21st, 2020 at Manassas High School, Manassas, VA. Teams winning at regional competitions advance to the Virginia State tournament in April and possibly to the Odyssey World Finals tournament at Michigan State University in May 2020.
The Problems (from the Odyssey of the Mind website)
"Odyssey of the Mind is the place to go where it’s fun to look for problems. Our problems are not ‘practical’. We do not teach OMers how to solve A Problem, we teach them how to be Problem Solvers! Each year, we release six original Long Term Problems – five competitive problems for students from kindergarten through college and one primary problem for K-2nd graders. Each problem is original, contains a few limitations to work within, and lists scoring categories. There are two types of “problems” in Odyssey of the Mind: Long-Term Problems and Spontaneous Problems. To learn more about Our Problems please keep reading. If you’re looking for a description of the current problems you’ll find it here."
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If you have any questions, please contact the Odyssey of the Mind Team Leader at firstname.lastname@example.org.