Odyssey of the Mind 2012 - 2013
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving competition for students of all ages. It is open to all kids - kindergarten thru 5th grade. This program promotes creativity by challenging teams to solve divergent problems, which often has more than one solution. By working in teams, participants learn teamwork, they appreciate and understand others, and that respect the fact that a group is a more powerful thinking force than an individual. They develop a sense of self-respect and respect for others through activities such as brainstorming and role-playing.
At the beginning of the school year, teams of 5-7 students are formed into teams which are lead by a coach – usually a parent. Each team chooses one of five competitive problems to solve. The problems appeal to a wide range of interests; some are more technical, while others are artistic or performance-oriented. They work on a solution till March, with an ultimate goal to present the problem solution in a tournament against other teams in their age / grade category. The program provides students with an exciting learning experience that promises to be challenging and fun! Odyssey of the Mind Program is based on the premise that creativity can be taught! It provides an outlet where almost every type of student will thrive.
We are having a Parent Information Night on 2nd October at 7:00pm in Cafeteria at the school. Please come, get more information about the program and get your child registered for this wonderful program. For more information, download the Parent Information Night flyer.
2012 - 2013 Schedule
| October 2nd, 7pm || Parent Information Night and Registration |
|October 15th ||Registration closes |
|October 20th ||Teams formed (if coaches are available) or parents informed |
|October 27th ||Coaches training - Mandatory for NEW coaches Parkview HS (8:00am to 1:00pm) |
|October - December ||Teams formed and practice on spontaneous starts |
Choose long term problem for your team
Practice once a week for 1-2 hours
|Dec 1st, 2012 Saturday ||Master Spontaneous Training for Coaches and Judges |
Parkview HS (8:00am to 1:00pm)
|January || Teams practice minimum once a week for 1-2 hours (mostly on long-term problem) |
|Jan 7th 2013 - Saturday || Team registration for Regional Meet due |
|February—March || Teams practice at least twice a week for 2 hours |
|February 9, 2013 - Saturday || Judges training, Park View HS (8:00-1:00) |
|March 2, 2013 - Saturday || Regional tournament, Park View HS (Full day) |
|March 25 - March 29, 2013 ||Loudoun County Spring Break |
|April 13, 2013 - Saturday || VA State Tournament, John Champe HS |
2012 - 2013 Program Cost
Cost of participation is to be determined by the number of participants and the number of subscriptions Dominion Trail will need to buy. The cost is estimated to be between $20 and $50 with additional costs throughout the season for supplies and snacks at meetings. For questions about this wonderful program, please contact Seju Shastry at email@example.com.