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Performance “Polish” and Spontaneous Workshop

This workshop is for coaches and team members and is designed to improve the overall presentation skills of a team’s performance. Registration is required and is limited to the first 12 teams.

  • Learn about the importance of Style and how it affects the overall score.
  • You be the judge – Practice scoring Style elements to understand how different levels of style affect the overall score
  • Find out what “Team-created” elements mean and how to fill out the Style paperwork.
  • Ask questions about how spontaneous works at the tournament
  • Train with actual Vermont Officials and Judges
  • Gain valuable tips for doing better in spontaneous
  • Learn what spontaneous will be like at the tournament
  • Take the mystery out of spontaneous
  • Have some fun!

Registration is limited to the first 12 teams.  Register here:


Coaches’ Training Registration

Coaches’ Training is a great opportunity for new coaches to learn more about the Odyssey of the Mind program and some of the finer points of coaching a team.  Each element — long-term, style, and spontaneous will be addressed.  Veteran coaches are encouraged to attend as well.  Your input and experience are valuable contributions to help new coaches build confidence and understanding of all that goes into coaching.

The Northern Coaches Training will be held at Mater Christi School, 50 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington.

The Southern Coaches Training will be held at Mill River Union High School, 2321 Middle Road, North Clarendon.

Both sessions will be Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 9:00 AM – Noon.

Registration is not required, but is helpful in our planning.  Here is the link to register for either session:


Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program that is geared towards stimulating creative (out-of-the-box) thinking and developing team-work skills in young people. By challenging them with interesting, fun, and open-ended problems, they build solutions that meet the criteria, but break the mold of the “normal” everyday answer, while learning valuable life-long skills.

This is our 38th year of offering the Odyssey of the Mind program to Vermont students. Schools, community organizations, and home school groups are encouraged to check us out! We look forward to meeting you and your team at our events this year.

Check out this year’s problems:

You can register your school’s membership right now at:

Returning this year will be a workshop to develop skills in spontaneous problem solving and polishing performances.  Check out our Events Calendar for the date of this event and our other trainings for coaches and judges, as well as the Spontaneous Scrimmages for teams.

Our State Tournament will be held at Champlain Valley Union High School, March 18, 2017.

First place, second place, and Ranatra Fusca winners are eligible to compete at World Finals held at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, May 24 -27, 2017.  We encourage all teams to mark their calendars and make plans now to meet us in Michigan!

Best Wishes for a wonderful, creative year of problem-solving!

Kathy Jacob, Association Director


Scores Available

Hello Everyone! We hope you had a wonderful time at the tournament this past Saturday. The scores are available here.

We hope to see you all next year!

Tournament Handbook

Greetings! As we near the tournament day, it is important to familiarize yourself with the tournament handbook. You can view and download a printable copy here.

2015 Tournament Schedule – Revised

Hello all! With the tournament fast approaching, it would be good for you to have a look at the schedule for the day. A printable schedule is available here.

Scholarship Available

VTOOTM Scholarship Application Available Now!
Omers and former Omers that are High School Seniors and college or post-secondary freshman are invited to apply for a $500 scholarship.  All applications are due by March14, 2015.  Applications may be accessed here.

Tournament Deadline Approaching

The Vermont Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament will be held March 21, 2015, at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg.  All teams wishing to compete must register and pay the tournament fee by midnight January 24, 2015 to avoid a late fee.  Payment may be made by one of three ways:

  • School Purchase Order
  • Check written to Vermont Creativity Quest, Inc. and mailed to 52 Jacob Lane, North Clarendon, VT  05759
  • Credit Card (through PayPal)  Contact Kathy Jacob at for instructions.

The tournament fee is $50 per team, Division 1, 2, and 3, $20 for Primary teams.  The late fee (after Jan. 24) is $100 per team.

Each team is also required to provide a judge.  This person, (18 or older) needs to be available for training on March 7, 9:00 – 12:30, Mater Christi School, Burlington, and all day March 21st for the tournament.  Any team not providing a judge will be charged the Judge Waiver fee of $50.

To register a team for the tournament, go to, Member Area, and follow the prompts,

         or click here:

To register a judge, click here:

Things are getting Spontaneous!

I hope you are all enjoying the new season of Odyssey of the Mind problem solving!

The Board of Vermont Creativity Quest, sponsor of Vermont Odyssey of the Mind, is pleased to announce they have added a Spontaneous Scrimmage for the Northern region to our schedule of events.  It will take place January 10, 2015 at Mater Christi School, Burlington, 1:00 -3:00 PM.  This scrimmage is limited to the first 12 teams that register.  You may register by going to the following link:
Northern Spontaneous Scrimmage

Already on our schedule is the Southern Spontaneous Scrimmage, January 17, Mill River Union High School, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  This scrimmage is limited to the first 12 teams that register.  You may register by going to the following link:
Southern Spontaneous Scrimmage

Also on our schedule, but new this year, is a Style and Spontaneous Workshop to be held January 10, 2015, 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon at Mater Christi School, Burlington.  This event is open to teams and coaches and is separate from the Spontaneous Scrimmage scheduled for later that day.  Registration for this event is separate from the scrimmage registration. This scrimmage is limited to the first 12 teams that register.  You may register by going to the following link:
Style and Spontaneous Workshop
Participants in this workshop will spend the first two hours learning and practicing skills in spontaneous problem solving.  After a short break, they will then spend an hour exploring the elements of style.  These sessions will be conducted by Lesley Adams, a World Finals winning coach, Problem 5 Problem Captain and Northern Regional Director, and Patty Baumann, a World Finals Style judge, Problem 1 Head Judge, and VCQ Board Member.

If a team registers for both the morning (workshop) and afternoon (scrimmage) sessions, they should make their own lunch plans (BYO or leave and return).

Registrations Open

Registration for coach’s training north and south is now open.

The times and locations of the training are:

Coaches Training, South:  October 25, 2014, Mill River Union High School, North Clarendon, 9:00 AM – Noon
Coaches Training, North:  November 8, 2014, Mater Christi School, Burlington, 9:00 AM – Noon
To register, click here.
Additionally, registration for the Style and Spontaneous workshop is now open.
Style and Spontaneous Workshop, January 10, 2015, Mater Christi School, Burlington, 9:00 AM – Noon
To register, click here.
Lastly, registration for the spontaneous scrimmage is open.
Spontaneous Scrimmage, January 17, 2015, Mill River Union High School, North Clarendon, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
To register, click here.