What is Odyssey of the Mind?
Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
Teams comprised of up to 7 students will choose a problem (see Problem Set). Only 7 minds can work on one problem. So, if a team has 5 members, two team members may be added, but if the team started with 7 members and two decide to no longer be a part of the team, the team can not add new member because 7 students have already worked on the problem/solution.
In February/March, the teams will compete at our Regional competition. The competition is comprised of two components: a long-term problem and spontaneous problem. The long-term problem is an 8-minute "performance" that the team works on through several months and "performs" to show their solution to the problem. The spontaneous problem is a problem given to the team on the day of the competition, where the team has a specific amount of time to creatively find solution/s for the question. Primary teams are not scored at regional competition, but Division 1 team will be scored and the top teams will advance to States, and ultimately to World Finals.
Lucketts Elementary qualifies for 2 divisions:
Primary Division: K, 1st, 2nd graders
Division 1: 3rd, 4th, 5th graders
Odyssey of the Mind Teaches Students…
*How to solve a problem and a common goal to accomplish in a specific amount of time.
*Team-building skills by working in groups
*How to tap into creativity through encouraging imaginative paths
*How to solve both small and large problems…for a lifetime!
*How to effectively brainstorm
*How to identify the real challenge
*How to seek out-of-the-box solutions
*How to think on their feet
*How to present solutions and answers in a large group setting
*How to “open up” and express themselves
*How to work independently
*How to work creatively and productively in addition to conventional thinking