The Vermont Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament will be held March 19, 2016 at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg. To avoid a late fee, register your team by midnight January 23, 2016. The fees are the same as last year, with a slight change in the payment schedule. We are giving a payment period of two weeks after the registration deadline, but instituting a late payment fee. The registration fee is $50 per team if registered by midnight of January 23, 2016 for Div. 1, 2 and 3. Primary teams are $20. All teams are required to provide a judge, including Primary teams. If registering after 1/23/16 the fee is $100. Payment is due by February 6, 2016. If paid after that date, a $50 late fee will be assessed. The Judge Waiver fee is $50 per team.
Judges’ Training is March 5, 2016, Mater Christi School, Burlington
Here are your registration links:
Give your teams an opportunity to put their spontaneous problem solving skills to the test — registration is now open for a Spontaneous Scrimmage. This scrimmage is designed to give teams practice and feedback on how to improve their spontaneous problem skills. All team members (not just 5) may participate. Coaches will be able to observe their team members in action solving each of the three types of spontaneous problems – verbal, verbal/hands-on, and hands-on. Registration is limited to the first 12 teams to register for each session. Six teams will participate during the first hour and six more during the second hour.
We are offering two dates and locations:
- January 9, 2016, Mater Christi School, 50 Mansfield Ave., Burlington. 10:00 – 6 teams; 11:00 – 6 teams.
- January 16, 2016, Mill River Union High School, 2321 Middle Road, North Clarendon. 1:00 – 6 teams; 2:00 – 6 teams
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: http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/reg/registration_step.php?g=ootm&s=reg&c=14013
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
Greetings! The photos from Saturday’s tournament are now available. Just head over to our photos page, or click here.
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!
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.
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.