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This program is open to students in grades 2-5.

2nd grade students must choose the Primary Problem Synopsis.



*Details of  Information Sessions Below in the Important Dates Section*


Welcome to the MPE Odyssey of the Mind page. We are incredibly proud of the success of this program. Last year, we had 8 teams participate with many teams moving onto the state competition and qualifying for the World Finals. If you are new to the competition, read The Basics. If not, scroll down to the long-term problem synopsis, important dates and registration info. We can't wait for this new year to begin. Thank you to Balram Chittiboina for taking over as Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator this year!


The Basics 

what is odyssey of the mind?

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program for kids that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Kids 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, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. At MPE, students from grade 2 to grade 5 can choose to participate.


How does it work?

Our school will form teams of seven students. Each team chooses one of five competitive problems to solve. The problems appeal to a wide range of interests; some are technical in nature, while others are artistic or performance-oriented. Under the guidance of two adult coaches, teams work on their solutions throughout the school year and present them at the Eastern Regional tournament in the spring. The number of teams will depend on the number of interested students and the number of volunteer coaches. 


How do students benefit from participation?

In Odyssey of the Mind, students learn at a young age skills that will last a lifetime. They work in teams so they learn cooperation and respect for the ideas of others. They evaluate ideas and make decisions on their own, gaining greater self-confidence and increased self-esteem along the way. They work within a budget, so they learn to manage their money. They see that there is often more than one way to solve a problem, and that sometimes the process is more important than the end result.


How are teams judged in competition?

Thousands of volunteers from around the world judge the competitions and serve in various positions to help make the tournaments a success. Teams are scored for their long-term problem solution, how well they solve a “spontaneous” problem on the spot, and “style” — the elaboration of their long-term problem solution.


2022-2023 Long-Term Problems and Program Dates


Read about this year's long-term problems.


Important dates:


MPE Info Session#1  September 7th, 7pm (Virtual)
  Google Meet Link: meet.google.com/sii-ztgv-bvs
Q&A Session  September 15th, 6:30 pm, Media Center
MPE Info Session #2 September 26th, 7pm, Media Center
Deadline to register September 30, 2022
Coaches' Training (MPE) TBD
Coaches Training (NCOM) October 29, 2022
Skills Fair November 12, 2022
Spontaneous Fair January 21, 2023
Eastern Region Tournament March 4, 2023
NCOM State Tournament March 25, 2023




is your student interested in joining an MPE Odyssey of the mind team?

Our Odyssey of the Mind coordinator will lead 2 information sessions before teams are created. A virtual meeting will be held on September 7th at 7pm. An in-person meeting will be held on Monday, September 26th at 7pm in the Media Center. In addition we will have an informal Q&A with last year's coordinator after the General Membership Meeting on Sept. 15th for those of you who can't attend either of the info sessions. 


Our application form will open up in your PTA account shortly after the start of school. You will need to complete this form by September 30. The form is to register your student's interest in the program but does not guarantee your student a spot. The number of available spots will depend on the number of student participants and the number of parent coaches. If your child is placed on a team, you will need to fill out the "contract" form and pay the $50 fee.


If you want to stay up-to-date with all our Odyssey of the Mind news, please tick the "Odyssey of the Mind" box in the Family Information form in your PTA account. This will add you to our "Odyssey of the Mind Community Board" mailing list. All updates will be posted on that Community Board this year.


If you would like to volunteer as a coach, please fill out the Programs, Clubs and Competitions Volunteer Interest Form in your PTA account.


If you are new to Odyssey of the Mind, here are some things to consider/know:

  • Student grade:
    • Your child can only participate if they are in Grades 2 to 5.
    • If your child is in grade 2, they MUST participate in the primary problem. Their team will be formed from grade 2 students that register. 
    • If your child is in grade 3, 4 or 5, they can choose the top 3 problems they find interesting. We try our best to fit your child on team tackling one of their top 3 choices. 
  • Registration and Teams:
    • The registration form will open up at the end of August in your PTA account. If you have not yet created an account on this website, please do so. You will need to complete the Family Information and the Directory Publish Preferences in order to see any available forms. Make sure you click on the Odyssey of the Mind box (in the Family Information form) so you automatically get added to our notification list.
    • The only way to guarantee your child is placed on a team is by volunteering to be a coach. The number of teams depends mainly on the number of coaches. 
  • Time commitment
    • Check the important dates above. You can only join a team if you are able to participate on the Eastern Region Tournament date. 
    • Once the practices get started (end of October/beginning of November), a typical practice schedule would include a 1-hour practice before school in a classroom and a 2-hour practice on the weekend. Extra 2-hour sessions are usually added on closer to the tournament in January and February.
    • It is very important that if you commit to a team, you understand that your team members are relying on you to show up and do your part. After a team is registered with Odyssey of the Mind, members cannot be replaced. We have had teams that have had to forfeit halfway through the year because of lack of attendance by team members and even by coaches. This is a waste of time, effort and money for everyone involved so please take this commitment seriously. 

MORE information

International website: https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/

North Carolina Eastern Region website: https://ncome.org/