About Odyssey of the Mind

  • Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving team competition.  School groups consisting up to seven members are presented one of five types of "problems" that they solve through their own ideas and work.  Problem types include vehicle, technology, classic, structure, and performance -based challenges.  Odyssey of the Mind has several age groups: primary (K-2), division I (grades 3-5), division II (grades 6-8), division III (grades 9-12), and division IV (college level).  Students present solutions that consist of a eight-minute maximum-length skit in which they meet the requirements of the problem, including writing the script, creating their own costumes, scenery, props and devices.  If a team places in a top position at the regional competition (Owen J. Roberts is a East Central region school district), they move on to compete at the state level.  State champions represent their state at the World Finals competition, which is truly a global event with teams from many different states and countries such as Canada, Mexico, Germany, Poland, and China.
    The Odyssey of the Mind program fosters not only creativity and problem-solving skills, but promotes self-confidence, team-building, and friendship.  The program can truly make a difference is a child's life.
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  • If your child is in fourth or fifth grade and is interested in trying out for the North Coventry Elementary Odyssey of the Mind team, the try-out is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15 after school from 3:15 to 4:30.  Students must be registered by Friday, October 11 to participate.  To register and for more information on the Odyssey program use the following link:  https://www.ojrsd.com/Domain/1332

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  • North Coventry Elementary's Odyssey of the Mind team is coached by Patty Janda.  The try-out for the 2019-2020 elementary team will be open to all fourth and fifth grade students and will take place in mid-October.  Sixth grade NC students will be trying out for one of the three Middle School Odyssey teams in late October at East Vincent Elem.  Look for specific dates to come in early October.
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