What is Odyssey of the Mind?
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving team competition consisting of 7 members. 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). Students present solutions that consist of an 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. Students also participate in a spontaneous problem presented to them the day of the competition. If a team places in a top position at the regional competition, 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.
Practices: Saturday mornings starting on November 10th from 9:30 am.-11:30 pm at OJR Middle School & also Mondays after school at W.Vincent until 4:30 starting on January 14, 2019.
Regional Competition: March 9, 2019 at Millersville University.
State Competition (qualifying teams): April 6, 2018 at Pocono Mountain East Campus, PA.
World Competition (qualifying teams): May 22-25 at Michigan State University.