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Odyssey of The Mind

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Chenango Forks Odyssey of the Mind  

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, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.(http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/)


What is Odyssey of the Mind?

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students of all ages. Teams of students select a problem, create a solution, then present their solution in a competition against other teams in the same problem and division. There are many nuances of the program that are explained further in this guide, but here are some of the basics of participation:

  1. Kids work in teams of up to seven members under the guidance of an adult coach.
  2. Teams spend weeks or months, at their own pace, creating solutions to long-term problems. This includes Style enhancements described later in this guide.
  3. Team members come up with all the ideas for their solution and do all the work themselves. Coaches may help teach skills and educate the team on ways of approaching the problem and of evaluating their solution.
  4. Teams work within the cost limit stated in the problem.  
  5. Teams have 8 minutes to present their long-term problem solution in competition.  
  6. Teams are scored for meeting the requirements of the problem and for creativity in categories specific to each problem.
  7. At the competition teams are presented a spontaneous problem to solve on site.
  8. A team's standing in competition is determined by its combined Long-Term score, Style score, and Spontaneous score.
  9. To solve a problem, teams must follow the general rules in this guide, limitations in the problem, and clarifications issued during the year.
  10. The rules inthis guide pertain to all the problems; any conflicting problem limitations
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