Odyssey of the Mind (OM™) teaches students how to develop and use their natural creativity to become problem-solvers. Imagine being faced with a problem that requires an original solution. It can be frightening. Now imagine not being afraid to solve that problem – that is what OM members learn. This skill and self-confidence will carry over to all areas of their lives. OM brings the classroom to life as students apply what they learn and combine it with their interests and passions to solve our unique open-ended problems. OM also emphasizes teamwork, budgeting, time management, public speaking, and so much more.
What does this look like?
- The kids had to come up with the ideas for the performance and had to create the script, scenery, props, vehicles and had to practice.. without adult assistance. (Coaches keep track of timelines, get supplies, ensure safety, review guidelines, teach skills like drilling, paper mache' , etc..)
- They are given a broad problem with very specific things that are required. For example, one of the upper grade vehicles had to turn in a circle and cross a start line and an end line. (No remote control cars or coding allowed).
- On their presentation day they must explain everything to the judges and also do a second activity at the spur of the moment called a "spontaneous".
The World Competition will be in Iowa and instead of being on Zoom, they will compete in person for the first time. We wish them the best! Check back here for updates and even a video.