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1 Welcome to Odyssey of the Mind Orientation Meeting! McNair Elementary School Where we...

2 Introduction Coordinators Kavitha Sivakumar Jason Christopher Willett Websites (NoVa) (VA) (National) Coordinators Kavitha Sivakumar Jason Christopher Willett Websites (NoVa) (VA) (National)

3 What is OM? International program Teamwork 5 to 7 kids Solve problems 8-minute skit (Long Term) Spontaneous Infinite solutions (no wrong answers) Open to everyone Think International program Teamwork 5 to 7 kids Solve problems 8-minute skit (Long Term) Spontaneous Infinite solutions (no wrong answers) Open to everyone Think

4 What is OM? Above all...

5 WHO is OM? K-College Division depends on grade of oldest Division 2 = 6-8 (up to 7 kids) Division 3 = 9-12 (up to 7 kids) Division depends on grade of oldest Coaches/Co-Coaches = REALLY IMPORTANT! Parents Volunteers (1/2 per team) Judges (1 per team) Coordinators

6 WHEN is OM? Weekly (usually) 1 ½ hours (usually) Coach and team decide when Start whenever the team forms (October-December) Coaches Training Saturday, November 20 th, 9-3, Langston Hughes Middle School March = regional meet March 5 th Falls Church High School More meetings toward end Like being in a play April/May = state/world meet (MD) Weekly (usually) 1 ½ hours (usually) Coach and team decide when Start whenever the team forms (October-December) Coaches Training Saturday, November 20 th, 9-3, Langston Hughes Middle School March = regional meet March 5 th Falls Church High School More meetings toward end Like being in a play April/May = state/world meet (MD)

7 WHERE ? Someones house Wherever the team and coach decide Need An 8 x 10 space minimum (stage) Storage for props Room to paint and build May be space at McNair after school Arrange with school (?) Someones house Wherever the team and coach decide Need An 8 x 10 space minimum (stage) Storage for props Room to paint and build May be space at McNair after school Arrange with school (?)

8 Cost limit is NOT an individual fee Its up to the team! Team shares all costs Snacks if needed Materials for skits Materials for spontaneous problems PTA pays for: Membership Creativity counts! Thrift stores Yard sales Basements, attics, neighbors Trash day (neighbors trash?) Cost limit is NOT an individual fee Its up to the team! Team shares all costs Snacks if needed Materials for skits Materials for spontaneous problems PTA pays for: Membership Creativity counts! Thrift stores Yard sales Basements, attics, neighbors Trash day (neighbors trash?) HOW MUCH is OM?

9 Cost Limit = total value of items on stage ($50-$150) Examples: Cardboard boxes = $0 (junk) Feather hat = $20 (bought) Feather hat = $1 (made) Old pants = 50¢ (yard sale price) Exceptions: In Program Guide (wheelchairs, shoes, electric cords, musical instruments etc.) Cost Limit = total value of items on stage ($50-$150) Examples: Cardboard boxes = $0 (junk) Feather hat = $20 (bought) Feather hat = $1 (made) Old pants = 50¢ (yard sale price) Exceptions: In Program Guide (wheelchairs, shoes, electric cords, musical instruments etc.)

10 HOW is OM Done? 1.Coaches identified (Yeah!) Teams cannot form without coaches!! Coaches say when they can meet 2.Students identified Sign up based on friends/age/location 3.Team forms Coordinators help form teams Some already formed with room for new 4.Team meets Coaches and teams take over from here Organize – first meeting (with mentor?) Work on team-building Get all the problems to review Choose problem 5.When SURE team is final: Begin work on long-term problem 1.Coaches identified (Yeah!) Teams cannot form without coaches!! Coaches say when they can meet 2.Students identified Sign up based on friends/age/location 3.Team forms Coordinators help form teams Some already formed with room for new 4.Team meets Coaches and teams take over from here Organize – first meeting (with mentor?) Work on team-building Get all the problems to review Choose problem 5.When SURE team is final: Begin work on long-term problem

11 HOW is OM Done? NO OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE! Kids RULE! Coaches coach, lead, guide Parents support, dont interfere KIDS come up with ideas KIDS build things KIDS write scripts KIDS make stuff NO OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE! Kids RULE! Coaches coach, lead, guide Parents support, dont interfere KIDS come up with ideas KIDS build things KIDS write scripts KIDS make stuff

12 HOW is OM Done? Adults Snacks Transportation Team-building Decision-making Skill-building Cheer-leading Adults Snacks Transportation Team-building Decision-making Skill-building Cheer-leading

13 Hey! Whats the Problem? 5 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles 2.Solve a technical problem 3.A solution based on the Classics 4.Build a balsa wood structure 5.An original performance – usually humorous in nature 5 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles 2.Solve a technical problem 3.A solution based on the Classics 4.Build a balsa wood structure 5.An original performance – usually humorous in nature

14 Hey! Whats the Problem? 5 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles 5 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles

15 Hey! Whats the Problem? 5 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles 2.Solve a technical problem – usually involving devices 5 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles 2.Solve a technical problem – usually involving devices

16 Hey! Whats the Problem? 6 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles 2.Solve a technical problem – usually involving devices 3.A solution based on the Classics 6 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles 2.Solve a technical problem – usually involving devices 3.A solution based on the Classics

17 Hey! Whats the Problem? 5 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles 2.Solve a technical problem – usually involving devices 3.A solution based on the Classics 4.Build a balsa wood structure 5 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles 2.Solve a technical problem – usually involving devices 3.A solution based on the Classics 4.Build a balsa wood structure

18 Hey! Whats the Problem? 5 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles 2.Solve a technical problem – usually involving devices 3.A solution based on the Classics 4.Build a balsa wood structure 5.An original performance – usually with song and dance (humorous in nature) 5 long-term problems 1.Design and build vehicles 2.Solve a technical problem – usually involving devices 3.A solution based on the Classics 4.Build a balsa wood structure 5.An original performance – usually with song and dance (humorous in nature)

19 Hey! Whats the Problem? 5 long-term problems

20 Hey! Whats the Problem? 1 spontaneous problem Usually about 10 minutes Dont know it before the meet Practice, practice, practice 5 team members 1 spontaneous problem Usually about 10 minutes Dont know it before the meet Practice, practice, practice 5 team members

21 Hey! Whats the Problem? 3 kinds of spontaneous problems 1.Verbal Paint manufacturers employ people to create names for their different colors of paint. Your problem is to give a name for a paint color, and tell what you might paint with that color. 1.Verbal-hands-on 2.Hands-on Build a bridge out of straws, tape, and paper 3 kinds of spontaneous problems 1.Verbal Paint manufacturers employ people to create names for their different colors of paint. Your problem is to give a name for a paint color, and tell what you might paint with that color. 1.Verbal-hands-on 2.Hands-on Build a bridge out of straws, tape, and paper

22 Hey! Whats the Problem? Spontaneous problems Judged on whether they are: Common Creative Humorous Spontaneous problems Judged on whether they are: Common Creative Humorous Volcanic Red when my Mom is mad!

23 1 st team meetings Oct/Nov Coaches training (regional) Nov 20 th (Sat 9-3) Hughes MS Coaches Q&As (2) TBA Team registration deadline TBA (Jan) Need ½ volunteer (2 hrs) Need judge (2 days) Spontaneous invitational TJ Jan TBA(Sat 8-3) Judges training Feb 20 th (Sat 9-3) -tentative date Hughes MS Regional meet March 5 th (all day) -tentative date Falls Church HS 1 st team meetings Oct/Nov Coaches training (regional) Nov 20 th (Sat 9-3) Hughes MS Coaches Q&As (2) TBA Team registration deadline TBA (Jan) Need ½ volunteer (2 hrs) Need judge (2 days) Spontaneous invitational TJ Jan TBA(Sat 8-3) Judges training Feb 20 th (Sat 9-3) -tentative date Hughes MS Regional meet March 5 th (all day) -tentative date Falls Church HS Key Dates

24 Elements of Success Commitment – Motivation comes from within: Kids – 2 hours/week Parents Coaches – 3 hours/week, shared Coordinators Coaches, coaches, coaches! Main or Co-Coach Snacks or spontaneous stuff Houses for meetings Support Coaches training (regional) Mentors Library/Websites Focus on – The PROCESS! Having... Commitment – Motivation comes from within: Kids – 2 hours/week Parents Coaches – 3 hours/week, shared Coordinators Coaches, coaches, coaches! Main or Co-Coach Snacks or spontaneous stuff Houses for meetings Support Coaches training (regional) Mentors Library/Websites Focus on – The PROCESS! Having...

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