Odyssey of the Mind 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 and state level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
The overall idea of Odyssey of the Mind is that creativity can be practiced and taught. Teams of 5 to 7 students meet weekly to work on their long term problem solution and to practice their spontaneous problem solving. A Los Angeles regional competition is held in late February or early March where each of the teams gets to present their long term solution and to solve a spontaneous problem. At the 3rd-5th grade level teams can advance to the state (and international) competitions if they do well at the LA regional.
In the past we have not been able to place all of the students on teams. Sometimes it is due to scheduling conflicts, but mostly it is due to not having enough coaches (and thus enough teams) to place everyone. So, we are looking for volunteers to coach, be assistant coach or to judge (1 Saturday of training in Feb and then 1 Saturday of judging at the LA regional). We ask for a voluntary donation of $35/student to cover materials cost and to pay for the contest fees.
For more information:
Odyssey of the Mind website
2017 long term problem summaries
Youtube Odyssey primary (Grades K-2) videos
Odyssey of the Mind Division I (Grades 3-5)
LA Regional website
LA Regional mail list / Yahoo group
Various spontaneous problems