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Odyssey of the Mind

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Odyssey of the Mind Basics

Odyssey of the Mind encourages students to develop teamwork and creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. Teams choose a long-term problem for which they create a solution, and then present their solution in tournament with other teams in the same problem and division. This is when you will get to see your child’s performance. Teams will also be asked to solve a spontaneous problem – a short-term verbal and/or hands-on problem that will be new to them on the day of competition.

Team members come up with all the ideas for their solutions and do all the work themselves. This is an exciting process to watch. OM is a hands-on activity for students and hands-off for adults. Any outside assistance in solving their long-term problem, whether from coaches, parents, siblings or friends, is against the rules. Once students realize this, they become incredibly empowered and get truly creative. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems – great and small – for a lifetime.

For more detailed information about Odyssey of the Mind, visit www.coloradoodyssey.org.