Odyssey Of The Mind




WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH  – 5:30 – 6:00 in the MPR


Students in Grades 3-5 will compete.  K-2 students can participate in a non-competitive exhibition.

What is Odyssey of the Mind?

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for K-college students where the kids come up with ALL of the ideas and do ALL of the work.  Teams of up to 7 students select a problem, create a solution, then present their solution through an 8-minute skit in a competition against other teams in the same problem and division.

Watch this video created by the Black Mountain Middle team or go to Odyssey of the Mind to learn more.

What is the time commitment?

Teams will compete in the Regional Competition on Saturday, March 3rd.  Practice schedule is to be determined by team coach but will likely be one day per week for Oct & Nov with practices increasing to 2 times per week as the competition date nears.  Teams may advance to State and World Finals competition.

Looking for a rewarding way to get involved in your child’s education?

We will need one team coach and one tournament judge for each team of 7 students.  Each team selects one long-term problem.  This is a fun learning experience that will challenge kids, promote confidence, build friendships and provide life-long memories.  Coaches will choose their teams and practice schedule.

Can’t make the meeting but still interested?

Email Ami Lau for an interest form to be completed and returned by Wednesday, October 4th.  Forms can be also be download here.

Questions?  Feel free to email Ami Lau at ami_lau@yahoo.com.

 Go to www.odysseyofthemind.com for more info


Problem 1: Triathlon Travels (3rd-5th grade)
On your mark…get set…go! In this problem, teams will ride on and drive original vehicles in an Odyssey-style triathlon. They will try to score in “curling,” hit the right targets when “jousting,” and “run track” by navigating a course in two directions. Between these events, the team will entertain the audience and the vehicle will change appearance. All of the action will take place in a team-created performance that features the vehicles’ triathlon travels, a commentator, and a coach.

Problem 2: Emoji, Speak for Yourself (3rd-5th grade)
Three-dimensional emojis will be used to communicate the life story of a once famous, but now forgotten, emoji. Teams will create a performance where the emojis demonstrate special functions like growing, turning into a team member, and changing into a different emoji. Performances will also include a choreographed dance, a technical representation of texting, and sounds to enhance the performance. The twist? No spoken language is allowed

Problem 3: Classics…. Mockumentary, Seriously (3rd-5th grade)
There are often two sides to the same story. In this problem, characters don’t always agree as they recount the classic story where they appeared. The team will select a classic from a list and present different characters in a humorous documentary-style performance where details are added, denied, exaggerated, and disputed. There will be interviews, behind-the-scenes “clips,” and voice-overs that take the audience through the story and help present the events as they “really” took place. Whose side will you be on?

Problem 4: Animal House (3rd-5th grade)
Over the years, Odyssey of the Mind teams have designed structures that changed into many unbelievable shapes and sizes that balanced and held as much weight as possible. This year, teams will turn their balsa wood structures into animals! Since animals need to eat, they must be fed. The structure will have its appearance transformed and explained during an original performance. During the performance, the structure must hold the team-created food while it supports weights.

Problem 5: A Stellar Hangout (3rd-5th grade)
In the outreaches of the universe, there is an Intergalactic Hangout where all sorts of creatures from different worlds stop, eat, refuel, and relax. Teams will create a humorous performance centered on this science fiction hangout that includes original creatures, foods, and a search for space treasure. There will also be a worker character, entertainment, and a futuristic map at the hangout.

Primary: We’re Cooking New (Kindergarten – 2nd grade) Non-competitive
Creativity heats up as teams create their own cooking show where a chef gives an original cooking lesson to a special guest. The show takes place from a creative kitchen where balsa wood is used to support a cookbook, a bowl, and an object of the team’s choosing. A special guest will visit and learn to cook from the chef by using team-created representations of food. Performances will also include a name for the show, theme music, and a story about the meal they are cooking.