2016-17 Odyssey of the Mind Information…

Odyssey of the Mind  Overview

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

Teams of up to seven (7) members work together at length to solve a problem and then present their solution at a regional tournament. Shenendehowa CSD hosts the Region 7 tournament to teams from all over the Capital Region.

Program Goals

  • Develop team-building skills
  • Learn to be a better listener and critical thinker
  • Nurture a creative-thinking process
  • Have fun

When and Where

The Regional 7 tournament is held at Shenendehowa’s High School East on Saturday March 4, 2017. Team times will not be posted until a week or two prior to the tournament. Participants should plan to be available the entire day (between 8am and 4pm).

Team Formation and Meeting Schedule

Teams are forming now! If interested in participating or would like more information, contact Naomi Hoffman at nhoffman@nycap.rr.com. Typically teams form in the fall (October/November) and meet a minimum of one day a week.

Timeline for 2017 Tournament

October 18, 2016 Wednesday 6 to 7pm, Gowana Cafe – Informational Session: Open to anyone interested in participating in the Odyssey of the Mind program. (PTA units will receive information in September to disseminate).

December 2016, February 2017 (Dates are TBD). – Spontaneous Problem Solving Workshop: Teams will be required to solve a spontaneous problem the day of the tournament and the score will be added to their long-term performance score. This workshop provides teams the opportunity to practice a variety of problems.

November 7, 2016 – Coaches Training: An in person training for new coaches will be held at the Questar Ill BOCES offices from 5:30 to 7:30pm. More details to follow.

November 14, 2016 – Training Webinar: A webinar-style on line training will follow from 5:30 – 7:30 p. m. This training will be recorded for later access.

December 15, 2016 – Deadline for finalizing membership (federal and state) and registering teams for competition

January 28, 2017 – Judges Training

February 15, 2017 – Deadline to Submit Problem Clarifications – http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/clarifications/default.php

March 4, 2017- Region 7 Odyssey Tournament: To be held at Shenendehowa CSD High School East. Shenendehowa CSD hosts the Region 7 tournament to teams from all over the Capital Region. The team times will not be posted until a week or two prior to the tournament. Please plan to be available the entire day (between 8am and 4pm).

April 8, 2017 – NY State Odyssey Tournament (for teams advancing to State level only}

May 24, 2017 – Odyssey World Finals

Additional Resources

Odyssey of the Mind official website. www.odysseyofthemind.com

An “Unofficial” online coaching guide can be found at http://www.capregboces.org/a rts/OdysseyOfTheM ind/PDFs/ coaches_ train ing-4. pdf

Capital Region BOCES http://www.capregboces.org/arts/OdysseyMind.cfm

Contact: John Florussen, Regional Director, john.florussen@neric.org, (518} 464-5123