For more than 40 years, Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. This S.T.E.M. based program generates excitement by tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learns skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems — great and small — for a lifetime. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking “outside of the box.”
December 7, 2019, Essex Middle School
This workshop is split into several sessions:
“Performance Polish” is intended to help teams assess their presentations and think how they might improve on their performance with an emphasis on improving the Style component of their performance.
Balsa Workshop familiarizes teams with using balsa wood in the Structure problem and testing structures.
Cardboard Construction will provide tips for using cardboard to create stronger structures.
Sewing Basics will provide basic instruction in the use of a sewing machine.
Registration is required and space is limited. To allow teams to make the most of this opportunity, we will allow the teams to split up, sending parts of the team to the different workshops. We are asking, though, that a parent or coach accompany each group.
Getting Started in 3 Steps
1) Sign up for an Odyssey of the Mind Membership
Register with Odyssey of The Mind. After registration is complete, you should receive a membership package in the mail and you will be added to our contact list.
2) Contact the Vermont Odyssey of the Mind organization to schedule an Information Session
Call 1-802-434-3209 or email us to schedule a mutually agreeable date/time. Announce the event in your school and community with posters, flyers, or via the school newsletter.
3) Recruit a team and coaches
- Sign up teams in groups of 5-7 students and 1-2 coaches
- Teams choose Long-Term Problems
- Have coaches sign up for training (see a Training Slideshow here) Training is available at two locations: Southern Region and Northern Region.