Training time is here

Wanting some help figuring out the fine points of Odyssey of the Mind, acquainting yourself with the rules or helping your team practice spontaneous problems?  We have just what you need to do all of this and more. 

 

2020-2021 Program Guide

We encourage you to completely review the 2020-2021 program guide.  This on-line booklet (also known as the OM Bible) will answer all your questions and guide you through the entire program from starting a team to requirements to scoring and how you need to approach the competitions.  Chapter 5 of the program guide contains the rules.  You will notice there are very few rules and what rules there are have been made to keep the "playing field" equal for all teams regardless if you are the largest school in the state or the smallest...every team has an equal chance to be "the champion".

At the bottom of this page you will find a link that will take you directly to the 2020-2021 program guide.

Spontaneous Problems

One of the Odyssey of the Mind program parts is the Spontaneous Problem solving competition. On the day of the competition each team is given a spontaneous problem to solve.  While each team has ample time throughout the year to practice spontaneous problems, the problem they will be asked to solve at the competition is one they have never seen before.  Many times throughout the year coaches will make up practice spontaneous problems for the teams to use for practice, or perhaps the coach will use problems that have already been written.  You can purchase books of spontaneous problems on the National website or you can use problems that appear on state OM web pages or Facebook pages of the various states.  Two good sources for spontaneous problems are the Connecticut website and the Tennessee website.  Both of these states have a great variety of verbal, hands-on and combination problems.

 

What is the Odyssey Academy?

  1. It is the answer to the comment we hear the most. “I know OM is an amazing program but I just don’t have the time to figure it all out and besides if I attend a training class early in the year, I forget what I was told by the time I need it.”

  2. It is a free,15-lesson online experience that walks you and/or your team through the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) program from A to Z!  Whether you watch one video a week for 15 weeks or work on a different schedule, Odyssey Academy is designed to be your mentor and "coach" whether you have a brand new team or an experienced returning team. By the end of the series, you will have everything you will need to lead your team so they will have a complete OM project they did entirely on their own!

Here is How It Works:

1. You join Odyssey of the Mind to receive the program materials for the current academic year.  A school may only require one membership to cover all your teams…a great ROI for any school.

2. You watch the Odyssey Academy videos beginning with Lesson 1. There are 15 lessons in total.  Watching one video a week would equal one full semester in a traditional school year.  This should keep teams plenty busy with learning! Most of the video sessions last 30 minutes or less.

3. Your team will learn what OM is all about from the videos and will work on solving their selected problem using the tools and skills they have acquired from watching the videos.

4. Think of OM like a weekly extra-curricular activity that complements traditional school coursework.  On their Odyssey journey, your team members (and perhaps the coach) will learn science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), as well as important life skills like creativity, teamwork, problem solving, divergent thinking, and much, much more. They will be taking the skills from the formal classroom and applying them in a fun way to solve their problem.

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That's it!  Our goal is to help busy parents, coaches teachers and team members to become better creative problem solvers through the world-renowned OM program during this unprecedented time.  

Please let us know if you have any questions, and have a splendid journey on this life-changing Odyssey. So click on the box below and let’s get started on your Odyssey of the mind journey!

More Information can be found at:

Iowa Odyssey of the Mind

Alan Strohmaier@gmail.com

515/277-6104