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3 What is Odyssey of the Mind OM is not a destination; it is a JOURNEY Teaches divergent, independent thinking Uses classroom skills to solve complex problems Iowa Core Curriculum & 21 st Century Skills Friendly Encourages STEM thinking Team developed and directed

4 21 st Century Skills employability skills financial literacy technology literacy civic literacy critical thinking problem solving collaboration leadership agility and adaptability effective oral and written communication accessing and analyzing information curiosity and imagination STEM Oriented

5 Odyssey of the MindA World Language (partial list of countries) Argentina Australia Belarus Canada China Czech Republic DoDDs Europe Germany Greece India Hong Kong Hungary Japan Kazakhstan Lithuania Mexico Moldova Philippines Poland Russia Singapore Slovakia South Korea United Kingdom United States Uzbekistan

6 Become part of the World Odyssey World Finals Nearly 8000 teams at 2012 World Finals Buddy Teams Home Stays Following World Finals Available whether or not you compete at World Finals 3-5 days Apply Early European Festivals

7 The Odyssey Process Teams of students under the guidance of a coach, pool their diverse talents to find innovative solutions

8 Problems may involve: -- building mechanical devices such as robots or balsa wood structure that hold weight or spring driven cars or --giving the teams own portrayal of classical literature or civilizations or --inventing a whole new world

9 Who runs Odyssey of the Mind? Presented by Creative Competition Inc throughout the World. Volunteer-driven program World Finals will have volunteers Iowa uses 100 to 200 volunteers a year Everyone gives of their time –NO ONE in Iowa is paid. –100% of $ goes back into program.

10 How do children participate? Memberships from schools, civic non-profit organizations and home school associations Memberships no more than $ –$51.00 rebated back to states Up to 15 teams/membership depending on school State Tournament Fees and Judge –$50.00/team for State Tournament –Teams provide a trained judge AND a volunteer

11 Competition is within Divisions Based on the team member in the highest grade Division 1-every team member 5 th grade or less Division 2-at least one team member 6 th through 8 th grade Division 3-at least one team member 9 th through 12 th grade Division 4-all team members high school grads and taking at least one post high school course Primary(non-competitive) K-grade 2

12 Memberships and Teams A membership may send one team in each long-term problem per division in their school to State Finals K-5 School up to 5 division 1 teams + unlimited primary teams K-8 School up to 5 division division 2 teams + unlimited primary teams 5-8 School up to 5 division 1 and 5 division 2 teams K-12 School up to 5 division 1, 5 div 2 and 5 div 3 teams + unlimited primary 9-12 Schools up to 5 division 3 teams

13 Memberships and Teams Community non-profit memberships can field one team per problem per division The purchase of additional (2 nd, 3 rd, …. ) membership allows more teams to participate in the same problem and same division (Team A, Team B, etc.).

14 Teams Compete in Three Areas Long term problem solving Spontaneous problem solving Style

15 Long Term Problem Solving Vehicular Technical Classical Structure Performance Primary (non- competitive)

16 Spontaneous Problem Solving Day of Tournament Limited Solution Time Each competing team given the same problem

17 Style Part of Long Term Problem Solution Costumes, props, music, art and other creative performance elements Long term is the how - Style is the Wow Provides the Pizzazz!

18 Long Term Problem Costs Limits $ $ –Cannot buy solution –Only materials used in actual presentation count –Misc, basement, Goodwill, dumpster=garage sale $ –Some items exempt from cost (see program guide) Generally several months work May start over more than once Dont start solving the problem too soon The solution is only as good as the initial idea! Dont hesitate to write for clarifications IN GENERAL… if it doesnt say you cant do it… YOU CAN !

19 Prob. 1: Pet Project The teams problem is to design, build and run three vehicles from different areas and through obstacles to deliver parts that will be assembled into a pet animal. Each vehicle will be propelled differently and will make at least three trips to deliver parts into an Assembly Area. The team will develop signals to let the audience know which vehicle will run next. Once assembly is completed, the pet animal will perform a trick or be part of a trick. The team will create a theme for the presentation that includes the delivery of the parts and the animal. situation will cause the vehicle to travel in reverse.

20 Problem No. 2: The Must Go Through The problem is to create and present an original performance that includes a tangible representation of messages sent by . A Sender character will create and send three s to one or more Receiver characters. Each of the messages will pass through an network server and be sorted in a SPAM filter before being transported to its final destination. One message will require a return receipt from the Receiver, one will include a work of art as an attachment, and one will be diverted to an offbeat location.

21 Prob. 3: Classics... ARTchitecture: The Musical The problem is to create and present an original performance that includes a replica of a classic architectural structure that was built between 1000 AD and 1600 AD. The performance will include three works of art that disappear and two characters that go on a quest to find them. When the works of art are found, they will be incorporated into the replica. The performance must also include two songs that are accompanied by choreographed movement.

22 Problem No. 4: Tumble Wood The teams problem is to design and build a single structure, with all components connected, using only balsa wood and glue. The structure will be featured in a team-created commercial and tested by being released down a ramp so it drops onto the floor and travels partially across it, and is then transported to the tester without the team touching it. Once the structure is resting in place on the tester, the team will test it by balancing and supporting as much weight as possible on it. The structure will be scored for traveling across a scoring line and for how much weight it holds. The placement of the weights onto the structure will be integrated into the teams performance

23 Problem No. 5: Its How You Look At It The problem is to create and present an original humorous performance that includes two main characters with different odd behaviors. One scene will establish the normal behavior of one character that, at a different time, finds itself among others who think the behavior is odd. The second characters behavior also appears in a scene where its behavior is considered odd, but this character will end up in a situation where the same behavior is considered normal. The performance will also include a meter that indicates the degree of odd and normal behavior and a creative scene change.


25 How is Odyssey of the Mind Scored? Long Term Problem up to 200 points calculated Spontaneous up to 100 points calculated Style up to 50 points calculated Long Term Score + Spontaneous Score + Style Score= Champion for the Division of the Problem

26 Individual Scores Mean LITTLE High Scores or low scores dont indicate much A team can finish below 1 st Place and still win

27 RawCalcRawCalcRawCalcTotal Team A rd Tie Team B st Team C nd Team D rd Tie Long Term Style Spontaneous Scoring Examples

28 Spontaneous Problems Spontaneous problems come in three types: Verbal – requires verbal responses Hands on – requires manipulation of materials Scored on solving the problem and many times how well they work as a team in solving the problem Verbal/Hands on (Hybrid) – combines verbal and hands on components Spontaneous ProblemsSpontaneous Problems PRACTICE…PRACTICE…PRACTICE

29 Spontaneous Problems (cont) Practice lots of different types. Do at least two spontaneous problems each time the team meets. –Start your meetings with them Critique the teams spontaneous process There is NO OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE IN SPONTANEOUS Have each team member specialize in something. Fall back plans …. Brainstorm ways to get unstuck Involve parents

30 Spontaneous Problems (cont) Lets look at a Verbal Problem

31 Style ! Elaboration of the Long-Term Problem Shows what team is particularly excited or proud of Presented during Long-Term presentation What makes the presentation really shine? Place for the team to showcase strengths & talents. - artistic design, music, songs, choreography, construction, creative use of materials, humor, rhyme Always scored Subjectively 2 Mandatory Items (all teams in a problem) 2 Team Selected Items Overall effect of the other 4 BE VERY SPECIFIC Do it with Style !Do it with Style !

32 Style Form four copies for Staging Judge adds to the Long-term problem relates to the theme of solution showcase of teams strengths can not be items already scored as part of Long-Term Categories -2 Specific Scoring Elements - 2 Free Choice Elements - Overall Effect be very specific Style FormStyle Form Visual effectiveness of Hamlets conscience character Creativity of how the required information is displayed on the membership sign

33 Unique Features Cost limit for solution Outside assistance is PROHIBITED Coaches facilitate, but MAY NOT help solve the problem

34 Requires the use of skills learned in the formal classroom setting Stretches the mind Problems can be solved successfully on several levels Teaches teamwork Teaches respect for others and their opinions Sponsored by NASA

35 Outside Assistance Teams MUST conceive, design, construct and present their solution External help is termed OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE The solution is the TEAMS design, their work, their presentation and their score Team is responsible – NOT the Coach Adults MAY teach skillsNOT Solutions Hands on for kids-HANDS OFF FOR ADULTS –Make parents aware of this rule

36 SCENARIO For a Division I team: A parent plugs in a power tool for one of the students as it is a rule in their house that no children are allowed to plug in any appliance. QUESTION: Is it outside assistance (OA) for any non- team member to plug in a power tool that the team uses to complete their solution to the problem? ANSWER: No, the only prohibition against this would be if it were done during the timed competition period. The parent may not use the power tool to work on the problem solution at anytime.

37 SCENARIO: A team decided they will revolve their skit around a CELL theme. The coach gives them a homework assignment to come up with all of the words they could with CELL in them like CELLophane, CELLular Phone, etc. QUESTION: Is it OA for a coach to give a homework assignment that gets the kids to think more creatively about an initial idea that they came up with? ANSWER: Although the coach should not give any examples, the assignment is one of the types of things the coach should do.

38 SCENEREO: A team is competing and the coach is sitting in the audience. QUESTION: Is it OA if the coach gets involved in the solution and signals (either intentionally or unintentionally) for a team member to speak louder or to move further to one side of the stage? ANSWER: This is definitely OA. Regardless if the coach meant to give signs or not, any communications between the coach (or other audience member) is considered OA. If a coach or parent can not sit still during the performance they should either sit on their hands or leave the competition site.

39 So What is the Coaches Role? Enjoy and be amazed at what your team does Schedule Facilitate Teach Ask Questions Assist teams to develop timelines Spontaneous Practice Forms Go-fer Snack Organizer Friend and Mentor

40 What Parents and Others Can & Cannot Do Can Do: Transport the team to buy things Transport and haul props Teach Skills Sewing…Woodworking…Art… Calligraphy…Electronics… Welding…Principals of simple machine Provide snacks Help with Spontaneous Open garages, attics, etc for things Encouragement Place to meet/store props Applaud A LOT and help get props offstage after the team is done. Ask questions Cannot Do: Suggest what to buy Suggest what skills they need to use Give the team ANY ideas for their solutions Do anything to contribute to the teams problem solution Analyze why something failed Expect perfection from the solution Suggest what materials you might have in the attic/basement Fix anything that breaks Criticize any part of the solution Put emphasis on scores instead of fun Criticize the ways the judges score Show poor sportsmanship

41 What is needed to Help Solve their Problem Program Guide The Problem Clarifications




45 PENALTIES Penalties prevent teams from bending or breaking the rules, creating a safety hazard, interfering with other teams, delaying competition, or misbehaving. Judges DO NOT Look for Penalties Spirit of the Problem – To prevent teams from circumventing the rules (-1 to -100 Points). Unsportsmanlike Conduct - Impairing another teams solution, disruptive behavior, inappropriate language, damage to facilities (-1 to -100 points). Outside Assistance – Help from anyone including the audience. Teams should not encourage audience participation (-1 to 200 points). Incorrect/Missing Membership Sign – -1 to -15 points. Over Cost Limit – Materials over cost limit (-1 to -100 points) Over Time Limit – For each 10 seconds or fraction thereof (-5 points). Problems 3 & 5 ONLY. PenaltiesPenalties

46 HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM Step 1. Read the Problem (read at every meeting) Go through each section of the problem carefully. Make sure each participant understands what is required & understands each word. Understand how each of the parts interact. Figure out the requirements and scoring for the problem. Where are the points? Step 2. Brain-Storm Possible Solutions Generate lots of ideas (keep track of them on paper, chalkboard, or whiteboard) Dont evaluate ideas yet… just list them Dont worry about the details Encourage wild, creative solutions….hitchhiking is always good Step 3. Refine and Evaluate Ideas (Meetings 4-6) Which ideas does the team like best? Discuss and evaluate ideas, but dont criticize. How many trees do you plant? Modify ideas to make them better. Select a preliminary solution. How to Solve the ProblemHow to Solve the Problem

47 HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM (cont.) Step 4. Determine Tasks & Timeline What types of tasks, skills, props, contraptions are needed? Who and how will you do these things? Determine a basic time-line for completing the solution. Continue to evaluate the solution and refine/revise as needed. Do the items decided upon fit the problem specifications? READ THE PROBLEM! Step 5. Begin Construction (probably not before meetings 6 ) Start building things and writing a script. Evaluate new ideas as they arise. Test the solution. Does it work? Can it be made to work better? Revise/refine (continuously) and as necessary. READ THE PROBLEM! How to Solve the Problem…How to Solve the Problem… Your Final Result is ONLY as good as the initial Idea DONT HURRY IDEAS

48 HOW TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM (cont.) Step 6. Put it Together (At least one month before State) As props and tasks near completion, or are completed, test them out. Continue to refine/revise. Does it work? Is there a better way? Does the proposed solution still fit the problem? What things need to be fixed or added? READ THE PROBLEM! Step 7. Finish it Up and Practice Celebrate major accomplishments as they happen. Test things out… do they work? Can they work better? Practice the whole presentation. Timing. Can they explain how they did it? Look for problem spots. What happens if something goes wrong? Develop a contingency plan. READ THE PROBLEM!

49 First Meeting Meet with team (and parents) to explain program and set team goals. Discuss the process, give dates. Go over the time commitment and responsibility of being on the team. Stress regular attendance at meetings. Explain outside assistance. Review behavioral expectations. Talk about difference between winning and succeeding. Set a meeting schedule – check for family conflicts. Find out Parental Talents and desires to participate Second Meeting Incorporate team-building activity. Discuss working as a group. All ideas are valid. Review brainstorming rules (no put-downs)! Explain spontaneous. Practice several at every meeting. Read the long-term problem synopses if you havent picked a problem. Talk about skills and interests of team members and group. Do you need people? Decide who will do what. Develop team rules. First Five Odyssey of the Mind Meetings (adjust to age and experience of students) Schedule for the First Five OOTM MeetingsSchedule for the First Five OOTM Meetings

50 First Five Meetings (continued) Third Meeting Incorporate team-building activity Brainstorm how group can be a successful team Practice spontaneous Have team decide on Long-term problem – debate - build consensus Distribute 2 copies of problem and read the problem Brainstorm on possible solutions to long term problem Number of team members is set when you start talking solutions Fourth Meeting Incorporate team-building activity Practice spontaneous Read the problem Brainstorm long term problem solutions and skills needed to solve problem Fifth Meeting Continue team-building Continue spontaneous practice Read the problem Brainstorm list of tasks to accomplish and timeline Assign tasks and discuss team member responsibility First Five Meetings Continued …First Five Meetings Continued …

51 Material Value (Cost) Form one copy for Staging Judge includes everything used during the LT & Style PRESENTATION doesnt include items not used during actual presentation garage sale value for used items combine value of small items exemptions (see Program Guide) be creative in acquiring materials, the art of scavenging cardboard & duct-tape even donations have value Materials Value FormMaterials Value Form

52 Outside Assistance Form one copy for Staging Judge only 7 members can contribute to problem solution coaches are facilitators coaches can assist Division I teams in filling out forms, but must use teams own words if OA did occur, list on form, may result in a penalty penalty is proportional to amount and type of help given Outside Assistance FormOutside Assistance Form

53 Tournaments Odyssey of the Mind tournaments are held in the spring of each year around the world at various levels Local Regional State / Provincial / Country World Finals These tournaments provide an opportunity for teams to present their creative solutions and to be judged against the problem criteria. Although the event is a competition, it is also meant to be a time for the teams to be rewarded and to have FUN! TournamentsTournaments

54 Complete Team Registration and send in $50.00 before Feb 24 Find a Judge and a volunteer Judge Available all daywill probably not get to see your team Volunteer Available for 1-3 hourswill probably get to see team At State Final (Scheman Bldg. Iowa State University) Check in team at Registration DeskFirst Floor Long Term and SpontaneousCompetition Staging Area Time Keeper/Announcer Signal End of Presentation Pick Up Scores (approx 30 minutes after Long Term) Closing and Awards Ceremonies 4:30 to 5:00 pm World Finals Meeting What Happens before and at the State Tournament? What Happens at a Tournament?What Happens at a Tournament?

55 Pick up your registration package AND look through it Get your team to the staging area at least 15 minutes before your scheduled long term competition time. Bring your team to the spontaneous holding area 15 minutes prior to their scheduled spontaneous competition time. Parents and other supporters do not accompany the team to spontaneous. Take lots of deep breaths… Enjoy other performances… Enjoy your team… Enjoy the day… Start planning for next year… What Should Coaches Do on Tournament Day ? What Coaches Should Do on Tournament DayWhat Coaches Should Do on Tournament Day

56 Odyssey of the Mind Recognition OMERs Award In recognition of a team or individual who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship, exemplary behavior, or exceptional talent Ranatra Fusca Presented to a team or individual who exhibit exceptional creativity, either through some aspect of their problem solution, or an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution. Solution can be successful or not. Can be in Long Term or Spontaneous World Finals Invitation Tournament Placement determined by total score 1 st, 2 nd and 3 rd team in each problem, each division OOTM RecognitionOOTM Recognition

57 Read and understand the Problem and Program Guide (especially Chapter 5) then re-read the problem, then re-read the problem, then re-read the problem, then re-read the problem, then re-read the problem, then re-read the problem…

58 Dates You Need to Know State Tournament: SATURDAY, April 6, 2013 –Iowa State University Spontaneous Saturday: Sat, Feb 2 (optional) –Sacred Heart Catholic School, West Des Moines DONT MISS THIS ONE!!! World Finals: May 22-May 25, 2013 –Michigan State University, East Lansing Judges Training Dates to be determined (March) Must provide a Judge and if possible a Volunteer for each team Judge must attend training. Volunteer does NOT.

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