Coaches’ Trainings Coming Up in October

Hello, coaches. We have scheduled Coaches’ Trainings for Oct 20 in Brandon for coaches in the Southern Region and Oct 27 in Essex for coaches in the Northern Region. See you there!

Home Depot DIY Workshops for Kids

This would be a great opportunity for kids who might be interested in OM to receive an introduction to building things. Check out your local Home Depot’s “Upcoming Workshops” section for registration. There is a different workshop for kids coming up in October.
Field Goal Game
Kickoff football season with a portable action-packed field goal game. In this workshop, you and your child can build a game to test your aim. Simply flick or drop-pluck the ball through the goal posts to score a field goal worth three points. Once the game is built, your child can customize it with paint and stickers—play solo or with a friend and switch between field judge/scorekeeper and placekicker. Recommended for ages 5 through 12. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, Sep 1, 2018

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New Season is About to Begin!!

The 2018-2019 Season of Odyssey of the Mind is about to begin.

You can check out the Problem Synopses that are posted on this site. Looks like another interesting set of problems for the teams. It is always such a treat to see how they handle them.

We’ll be sending reminder cards to schools very soon.

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The 2017 – 2018 VT Odyssey of the Mind Season Comes to an End

Congratulations to all our Vermont Odyssey of the Mind Participants for a successful year of creative problem solving. We are especially proud of the teams from Malletts Bay, Colchester Middle School, Cambridge Elementary, Richmond Elementary, St. Albans Town Ed Center, and Town of Brandon Rec Center who made the long trip to Iowa State University and represented Vermont so well in both their performances and their engagement with all the people they met from all over the world.

The new problem synopses for the 2018 -2019 are now available.  Check them out at the website.

Have a safe, enjoyable summer!

See you next fall!

Congratulations to all Odyssey Participants!

Vermont Odyssey of the Mind celebrated their 39th State Tournament on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Champlain Valley Union High.  On a bright, sunny St. Patrick’s Day, teams from all over the state came to present their solutions to one of this year’s challenges.  Using creativity and teamwork, they amazed the judges, spectators, parents and coaches with some awesome performances.  We are so proud of every team!  We thank their parents, their coaches, and all the many volunteer judges and officials who made this day possible.

Check out their scores:

All 1st, 2nd, and Ranatra Fusca winners are eligible to attend World Finals at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, May 23 – 26, 2018.  Contact Kathy Jacob, the Association Director immediately if your team is eligible but will not be attending.  This will allow the third place team to take your place.  All teams going to World Finals are expected to attend a WF meeting Monday, March 19, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Essex Middle School, or in the Southern Region, contact Nan Dubin.

It’s Tournament Time!

The 39th Vermont Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament will be held March 17, 2018 at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, VT.  Teams have worked for months preparing their creative solutions to some challenging problems.  Please come support them and cheer them on!  The Tournament Schedule can be found here:

or by going to Information/Tournament Schedule on the Menu bar.  The Tournament Handbook, a must read for all Odyssey of the Mind coaches and team members can also be found there.

See you there!

Time to Register for a Spontaneous Scrimmage and the State Tournament!!

Don’t Delay!  Register now for some practice with the spontaneous portion of the state competition.  There are two sites to choose from.  You are welcome to choose either one.
Also, on Jan. 6, Problem Captains will be available to meet with coaches to answer any questions you may have.  Information below.
And don’t forget to register for the state tournament.  The deadline for registering without a late fee is fast approaching. The link to register is below.
Teams will put their spontaneous skills to the test in this mock spontaneous competition. They will experience all three different types of spontaneous problems and will be given feedback on their performance. This is a one hour session
Saturday, January 6, 2018         9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Northern Spontaneous Scrimmage:  Session 1, Essex Middle School,Essex Junction
Registration is required and space is limited.
Saturday, January 6, 2018         11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Northern Spontaneous Scrimmage:  Session 2, Essex Middle School, Essex Junction.   Registration is required and space is limited.
Saturday, January 20, 2018       1:00 PM – 2:00 PM     Southern Spontaneous Scrimmage:  Session 1, Mill River Union High School, North Clarendon.  Registration is required and space is limited.
Saturday, January 20, 2018      2:00 PM – 3:00 PM     Southern Spontaneous Scrimmage:  Session 2, Mill River Union High School, North Clarendon.  Registration is required and space is limited.
Saturday, January 6, 2018        10:00 AM – 10:45 AM  Coaches’ Meeting with Problem Captains, Essex Middle School, Essex Junction.   Registration is NOT required.
Friday, January 19, 2018  Tournament Registration Deadline  (Please don’t wait until the deadline to register!)

Judge Registration:  (This needs to be done when you register your team for the tournament.)