What is Odyssey of the Mind?

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Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program for students of all ages. Teams of students select a problem, create a solution and present their solution in a tournament. There are many nuances of the program but here are some of the basics of participation:

  • Kids work in teams of up to seven members under the guidance of an adult coach.
  • Teams are organized by divisions (grades); Primary (K-2), Div 1 (3-5), Div 2 (6-8) and Div 3 (9-12).
  • Teams choose a Long-Term Problem and spend months, at their own pace, creating a solution.
  • Teams work within the requirements and cost limit stated in the problem they choose.
  • Team members generate all the ideas for their solution and do all the work themselves.
  • Coaches facilitate the team but are encouraged to offer no "Outside Assistance"
  • Teams work to create a solution that meet the specific requirements of the problem
  • Teams are scored according to how well their solution meets the requirements.
  • Teams are also scored for how well they incorporate "Style" into their problem solution.
  • Teams practice solving Spontaneous Problems while working on their Long-term.
  • On the day of competition, teams present their Long-Term solution; the time limit is 8 minutes.
  • On the day of competition, five members of the team also participate in a Spontaneous Problem.
  • Teams receive a combined score for Long-Term, Style and Spontaneous.
  • Teams that place first or second at the Regional competition advance to the State competition.
  • Teams that place first or second at the State competition advance to the World competition.

Why is Odyssey of the Mind Good for Kids?


Odyssey of the Mind as seen on 21st Century Business:

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fqzCIf5JOE

Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GacGeCwvLmo

OotM on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odyssey_of_the_Mind