Odyssey of the Mind

EXPERIENCE our AWARD WINNING Odyssey of the Mind!
You need:
 2. A COPY of your Fourth Marking Period Grades or Final Report card
All FORMS are due FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 to Mrs. Updegrove

2018 Odyssey Experience: October 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24
Competitive Team INVITATIONS sent out by October 31. 
Competitive Team Parent Meeting: November TBA
Long Term Problem Selection and Construction: November-March
Regional Tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2019, J.P. Case Middle School
State Finals, April 6, 2019, Ewing High School, Ewing, NJ

Odyssey Experience meetings in October are open to ALL interested students to find out more about Odyssey problems and competition as well as play games, practice creativity and solve spontaneous problems. A competitive team of 5-7 students will be selected at the end of October based on participation, team work and creativity. The team will collaborate on solving a long-term problem by writing, building, and directing an 8 minute solution to a specific problem. If chosen for the competitive team, students will make a commitment to weekly meetings November-March preparing for the regional competition (a Saturday in March) and, possible state competition (a Saturday in April) as they cannot be replaced in accordance with OOtM rules. 
Additional competitive teams may be created if additional parent volunteers are available. Parents are also needed for competition judging and chaperoning (1 Saturday morning in late January/early February and 1 all day Saturday in March/April) . Please indicate your availability to volunteer on the Permission Slip.

Current Coordinator: Mrs. Updegrove

Run Time: Starts October thru March/April
Wednesdays and/or Thursdays
3:00 - 4:45 pm, Late bus available

Why Odyssey of the Mind? The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn 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." While conventional thinking has an important place in a well-rounded education, students need to learn how to think creatively and productively. Visit www.njootm.org to read about the program or the problems student will work on this year.