Creative Opportunity for
Warm Springs/James Leitch/ Horner
• What is Odyssey of the Mind?
– What, Who, How, Where, Why
• This year’s problems
• Teams, divisions
• Parent Commitment, key dates
Introducing Odyssey of the Mind
What Is Odyssey of the Mind?
An after-school enrichment program on
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
• This program helps
• kids to
– improve their critical thinking ability.
– learn to think out side of the box.
– Importance of respecting Others ideas & opinions
– Key team behind the
adopt in a idea environment program-
Creativity can be taught
Improve their presentation skills
• Parents to
– know more about their Kids.
» How do they think about a problem in hand?
» How do they apply their creative mind to
solve a problem?
» How do they learn to work in a team
» Areas of improvements around Creativity?
Who participates in Odyssey
of the Mind?
• More than Thousands of team participates from
more than 30 countries. Any group of students from any school
worldwide may join this program.
• Odyssey of the Mind tournaments are held in the spring of
each year around the world at various levels
Regional -> State -> World Finals
• These tournaments provide an opportunity for teams to present
their creative solutions, and to be judged against the problem
criteria. Although the event is a competition, it is also meant
to be a time for the teams to be rewarded and to have FUN!
Last Years Team
Last years Performance
Division I (WS) Primary (James Leitch)
• 47 Students • 14 Students
• 7 Teams • 2 Teams
– Aqua – Green
– Blue – Navy
– Red STATE TOURNAMENT
Lets see What kids are saying
What Makes Odyssey
• Emphasis on creativity
• Kids are rewarded more for how they
apply their knowledge, skills and talents,
and not for coming up with the right
• In fact, in Odyssey of the Mind problems,
there isn’t one right answer. Ever. Just
Lets see What Coaches are saying
Components of Odyssey
1. Long Term Problem
– Solve a long-term problem throughout the
– Present the solution to the long term problem
at a competition in a creative artistic skit (8
mins) with “style”
2. Spontaneous Problem
– Solve a spontaneous problem (on the spot)
What Is Style?
• It is what everyone displays every day
• It is what every team has from the first time it
• It is the way a person (or group) walks, talks,
dresses, thinks… in general presents
Why is it scored?
• It is a team’s style that makes problem solution
• It is a team’s style that demonstrates its
creative thinking outside the problem
• It is a team’s style that ties all the elements for
a problem solution together.
What kids learn from Odyssey
• Effective of use of materials and tools
• Breaking down a bigger problem into smaller
components and then solving it piece by piece
• Creation of a skit - artistry/performance
• Relevance of Costumes / Props in a Performance
• Time Management - Learning time efficiency
• Adjust with open-ended problems creatively
• Money Management - Budgeting money (e.g., cost
limit for solution)
Teamwork, use of materials and
tools (age appropriate)
Solve Long-Term Problem
– step by step
Build the required elements
Build the props
Create a skit
Present a dramatic skit
– with artistry & Costumes
Spontaneous Problem Solving
• This part of the competition is called "Spontaneous"
because teams don't know what they'll have to do until
they enter the competition room. Solving spontaneous
problems teaches students to "think on their feet."
• There can be Three types of Spontanous Problems
– Requires team to physically create a tangible solution
– Require verbal responses. They may incorporate improvisation
– Requires good English verbal skills including use of idioms with
fast, clear speech
– Require teams to create a tangible solution and include some
type of verbal component, for example, creating a story about
• ONLY FIVE team members will participate in SPONT FINAL
– Build a tall structure with Straws and Playdoh until it collapses
1. Name any words or phrases that use or contain the letters
Ex. Ice man, Icing, Ice Hockey etc
2. Name things that stick to other things, what they stick to,
and the result.
Ex. Stamps stick to letters so the post office will deliver
– Make a sculpture with a piece of tin foil, and have other
members tell a story using it creatively
“Outside Assistance” Rule
• Team gets a penalty for ANY outside help
from parents or anyone else
– No “suggesting” solutions; Just guide by asking
very general questions
– No doing any of the work for the kids, even if
it involves tools that are beyond their
capability (just have them go back and choose a
– No “fixing” things at home, or competition site
– Teams should not start problem solution until
the membership is solid
OOTM is a Hands-On Program for Kids,
but a Hands-Off Program for Adults
This Year’s Problems!
1. Ooh-Motional Vehicle (Vehicle)
• The problem requires teams to design, build, and drive a vehicle that will travel a
course where it will encounter three different situations. The vehicle will display a
different human emotion for each encounter and one will cause it to travel in
2. Weird Science (Technical)
• The team will create and present a performance about a team of scientists on an
expedition to uncover the cause of mysterious events….. more
3. To Be or Not To Be (Classics)
• teams will put a musical theatre spin on one of William Shakespeare's most famous
lines: "To Be Or Not To Be." Hamlet, the title character, ponders this question and
realizes that the easy way out is not always the correct choice…. more
4. You Make the Call (Structure)
• Design, Build and demonstrate a Balsa wood Structure, which can hold maximum
5. Odyssey Angels (Performance)
• The team will create and present a performance where a group of students travel
throughout one or more team-created places where they encounter negative
situations. These “Odyssey Angels” change what they find and turn them into
positive situations…. more
Primary: Hide and Peek
• The team is to create a device that uncovers three surprise objects by lifting a
team-decorated container off of each of them from 5, 8 and 10 feet away.
What is a team?
• 7 “brains” maximum
– Includes any members that have “dropped out”
– Don’t drop out! – impacts the team spirit….
• Desirable to have 5 members minimum
– Spontaneous problem needs 5 to be effective
• Must have a COACH!
– No coach, no team!
– Coach is a coordinator. It is the team who does all the job.
– Coaching may be shared between parents, but at least one
parent must attend a Coaches Training
– Coaching is a lot of fun! You get to see the team grow and
develop, and witness your child’s participation on the team. It’s
an opportunity to give back some to the community.
WS/JL/Horner Primary – Grades K-2.
WS/JL/Horner Division I – Up to Grade 5.
WS/JL/Horner Division II – Grades 6-8.
• Division III – Grades 9 & above.
• Division IV – Collegiate.
What do you need to sign up?
Together we can make the difference
• Your Commitment to spend time with your kids for
• Money commitment
– $50 fee to join a team
• to cover tournament registration fees, Stationeries,
Organizing OM Events, contribute to the team to buy
materials, etc., travel
• Find a coach, or be a coach! Remember: no coach,
no team! This is a volunteer Parent-run program!!
• Host meetings; supervise work sessions, drive kids to shop for
materials, be a volunteer judge, volunteer at the tournament
• Attend meetings, as required by the coach; Assist coach(es) with
particular aspects (e.G., Building, script, costumes etc.)
• Help kids to find time to meet and fulfill their responsibilities.
Make sure that the kids have the time to attend meeting and do
the tasks they have taken on individually at home
– 1 meeting per week, more at “crunch time”
– Kids interest will drive the meeting schedule
• Help organize and conduct “spontaneous problem” practices
• Teach skills/find experts to teach skills
• Odyssey involves expenses, much like any sports and other
• Program costs
– Membership fees ($135+$55 for school), tournament fees
($70 per team)
• Practice materials, books & tools expenses can go WAY
beyond the $125-$145 cost limit!
• Travel to regional, state and world competition
• Share in the expense for coach, chaperone, (and/or
teacher) to go to state and (possibly) worlds
– Worlds usually involves fundraising
WS / JL OM Management is in the process of scheduling
following workshops. Refer website for latest schedules.
• Critical Thinking • Set & Prop Design
• Coaching • Costume Design
• Leadership • Style Elements Design
• Structural Engineering • Script Writing
• Theatrical Performance • Managing Money
Key Dates for 2011-2012 OM Program
October November December January February March
Intro Meeting Warm Springs Elementary 21st Sept, 2011 Sept
Team Formation WS/JL Elementary, 14th Oct, 2010 Oct
Coaches Training OCT 2011 – DATE TBD
WS/JL OM Team Retreat OCT 2011 – DATE TBD
Coaches Training NOV 2011 – DATE TBD Nov
Coaches Training NOV 2011 – DATE TBD
Spontaneous Mania DEC 2011 & JAN 2012 – DATE TBD Jan
Judges training FEB 2011 – DATE TBD
Regional tournament MARCH 1st Week-end 2012
State tournament Saturday, March 31, 2012
World Tournament May 23-26, 2012 Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Please make sure you can commit to these dates!
• Ask yourself if you’re interested to be part of your
kids creative activities
• Ask your child if he/she is interested, and is willing
to commit to working with a team for 4-5 months
• Are you willing to work with the team of parents to
support the kids and the coach (es) to improve kids
creativity skills ?
• Are you willing to coach? Form a team around your
child – have him/her work with others to form a core
group, up to 6 or 7
• Make sure your kid is on Registration list. Check
to Warm Spring Elementary School for $50 to secure
a slot, plus signed Parent/Student contract. We’ll try
to finalize teams by Mid of October, so they can start
Forming a “Winning” team:
What it looks like
• A balance of skills & interest and gender (equal opportunity)…..
– Technical, artistic, dramatic, musical, craftsmanship, script writing,
costume making, humor
• Keeping a team together through the grades – but its up to the kids!
– Team evolves over time… develops friendships forever
• Kids lead the meetings, facilitate discussion, assign responsibilities,
mediate disagreements, develop a respect for each others strengths
and weaknesses, work together to overcome hurdles and
challenges….and the coach just makes sure no one gets hurt…..
• Remember: Every team is a “winner” if you can put on a show at the
regional competition! Focus is on creativity and having fun!
OM - Organizers
• Program Chair : Mr Brett Nelson
• Program Coordinator: Mr Clyde Mann
• Program Head Coach: Jayanta Samanta
• Program Treasurer: Seena Shankar
More about our OM resources?
How to Get Started
• VOLUNTEER or FIND a COACH!
• Email interest to:
WSJL.OM@LIVE.COM or firstname.lastname@example.org
• FORM A TEAM
• Submit Contracts & Registration Fees to your Team Coach
– $50 Check payables to “Warm Spring School” with “OM” as memo
– Pls. submit all checks to Program Treasurer Sheena Shankar.
• Links for more info:
• Main website: www.odysseyofthemind.com
• WS/JL Website: wsjlom.web.officelive.com
• California state: www.calomer.org
• Silicon Valley region: www.svodysseyofthemind.org
• Bay area region: www.sfbayodysseyofthemind.org
Odyssey of the Mind
Be Creative !