• Odyssey of the Mind 2018-2019
    (Scroll to the bottom of page for Important Dates.)

    What is Odyssey of the Mind?
    This international educational program provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They solve their problems with no “outside assistance”; without input from their coaches and parents.  They then bring their solutions to competition on the local level, and possibly advance to higher level competitions.  At these competition tournaments, the teams also participate in a Spontaneous problem, where their creativity and teamwork skills are demonstrated on the spot.  Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. Click HERE to see the Long Term Problems for this year and the Request for Team Membership.


    Who is Eligible to Participate in Odyssey of the Mind?

    All Horizon Elementary School students are eligible to participate in the Odyssey of the Mind Program.   The Odyssey of the Mind program relies heavily on volunteers; therefore the only participation requirement is that a student’s parent or guardian must volunteer in some capacity

    What Commitment is Required?

    Teams will begin meeting on a regular basis through the fall and will increase meeting time and practice sessions during the winter.  For the first few months, teams usually meet once a week for 1-2 hours, either after school, in the evenings, or on the weekends.  Odyssey team members must be committed to the following:

    • Weekly team meetings through the Fall and Winter
    • More frequent team meetings and practices as the competition day approaches
    • Dress Rehearsal for all Horizon OM teams a few weeks before the tournament
    • Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Briar Woods High School (all day event)
    • State / World Tournaments if your team advances
    • Willingness to provide materials from your home (e.g., yard sale and trash items) and nominal money to the team to support their problem solution
    • Willingness to donate snacks for the team during team meetings
    • Participation of the Parent/Guardian as OM Coordinator, Team Coach, Team Assistant Coach, Team Meeting Host (opening your home/basement/garage), Regional Tournament Judge, or Regional Tournament Volunteer


    Important Dates    November 14, 2018   Teams formed
                                     February 16, 2019   Judges Training 
                                     March 16, 2019  Regional Tournament at Briar Woods High School
                                     March 23, 2019   Snow Date for Regional Tournament
                                     April 6, 2019    State Tournament (Manassas VA)
                                     May 22-25, 2019   Worlds Finals at Michigan State 
    How to Sign Up

    The Horizon PTA will purchase an Odyssey of the Mind membership, and will form several teams of up to seven students each to participate in this program. Each team chooses one of five competitive problems to solve (Visit the OotM website to see problem synopses).  To request participation in the program, please complete a 2018-2019 Request for Team Membership (see link above) and submit to Mrs. Tate by November 14, 2018.  Alternately, students may form teams, identify a coach and a judge for the Regional tournament, and turn in the requests forms as a group.  These groups should identify the Long-Term problem they have chosen.  Team assignments will be based on problem preference and coach availability.



    For more information, please visit the Odyssey of the Mind web site at www.odysseyofthemind.com

    or contact Mrs. Tate, OM Coordinator at linda.tate@lcps.org

Last Modified on October 29, 2018