This program is open to students in grades 2-5.
2nd grade students must choose the Primary Problem Synopsis.
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Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program for kids in grades 2 - 5 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. Each problem this year has been designed to be completed virtually.
How does it work?
Schools or community groups form teams of up to 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 an adult coach, teams work on their solutions throughout the school year and present them at the Eastern Regional tournament in the spring.
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.
Important changes/modifications for this year:
2021 Long Term Problem Synopsis can be found HERE.
- Wednesday, November 25
- Thursday, November 26
- Friday, November 27
- Monday, November 30
- Saturday, December 5
- Tuesday, December 8
- Sunday, January 24
- Saturday, March 6