• OOM     

     2018-2019 Information

    Deadline for team registration: October 15, 2018


    If you child is interested, in participating in Odyssey of the Mind program, please contact our Coordinator asap
    as the deadline is soon approaching.

    Please send the following information to the Coordinator, Meenal Manikandan, OOTM@jmlpta.org.
                  Student's Name:
                  Student's grade:
                  Is parent willing to coach, co-coach, host practices or volunteer? 
                       **If so, please include parent's contact information in email to the
                           Coordinator at the email above.
    If you have already identified your team, then please make a mention of your coach's name in comments at registration.  If your student is placed on a team, the fee of $35 (cash or check payable to the PTA) for $35 covers tournament costs.  Fees will be due in no later than October 15th, 2018.
    For more information, please contact the JML coordinator.  You can also visit the Virginia Odyssey of the Mind for more information about the program!
    2018-19 Program Information:


    Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an international and educational competition that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.  By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems -- great and small -- for a lifetime.


    Seven team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.  They bring their solutions to competitions on the local, state, and World level. 

    • Students develop team-building skills by working in groups of as many as seven students per team.
    • Students learn to examine problems and to identify the real challenge without limiting the possible solutions and their potential success.
    • Fun of participation leads to an elevated interest in regular classroom curricula.




    Two years ago one of the OM teams from JML advanced to the State competition. They secured the third place in the state competition as well. – Congratulations to “The Tattle Tales", Reva Kodre, Rhea Kulkarni, Kirti Shukla, Ankita Somalwar, CassieThomas, Angelina Tsuda, Amanda Wilfong and coach Marie Tsuda.


    General Information

    Odyssey of the Mind website- www.odysseyofthemind.com

    Virginia Odyssey of the Mind website - Virginia Odyssey of the Mind

    North West Region Website- www.nwvoices.org

    Some links to problem solutions from previous years (not limited to JML)

    No-cycle recycle - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FizAeHgv28

    Something Fishy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBR4e3iucV4

    Aesop gone viral - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8xiuAgCiRI


    JML PTA's Odyssey of the Mind Chair 2018-19:  

    Meenal Manikandan, OOTM@jmlpta.org.


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Last Modified on May 28, 2019