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NC Odyssey of the Mind Awareness Session
International Creative Problem-Solving Program NCOM Eastern Region Mission To Provide Creative Problem-Solving Opportunities for everyone and To Foster Original and Divergent Thinking Teams, Coaches, Practices, Meets
History of Odyssey of the Mind The program was started Educator, Dr. C. Samuel Micklus (Dr. Sam) by NJ College Dr. Sam challenged students in his to solve assignments in unusual and ways. At the end of the semester, presented their solutions in a competition courses creative students In 1978 -1979, the Odyssey of the Originally it was called Olympics of the Mind a Mind program began. North Carolina was one of the 1 st States outside NJ to participate and compete in an Oot. M World Finals (we’re currently in our 36 th year). Non-profit organizations in individual states/countries operate the program in their area Creative Competitions, Inc. (the international organization) was formed to develop the problems and administer the program at the national, and later, the international level
§ OOTM develops real-life communication and brainstorming skills, and rewards creativity and “calculated” risk-taking in the solution of complex problems § Focus is to develop divergent, independent-thinking skills (thinking outside the box, taking the path less traveled) through a challenging, AND FUN, learning process
What do we mean by divergent-thinking? Convergent Problem Solving - for every problem, there is just one correct answer Divergent Problem Solving - for every problem, there may be many correct answers Odyssey of the Mind encourages young people to explore many possible answers and to be creative in finding a solution Odyssey of the Mind allows kids to use their imaginations to interpret and solve complex problems in a FUN way!
Odyssey of the Mind Involves… The Most Creative and Original Solution Possible
Memberships & Team Structure Memberships are from: schools, clubs, churches, libraries, community groups and home schools Teams of up to 7 members P-DI-DIII-DIV Primary: K-2 Div I: Grades K-5 Div II: Grades 6 – 8 Div III Grades 9 - 12 Div IV: Enrollment in College (based upon highest grade team member)
Solutions to the problems are ENTIRELY that of the team. No OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE is allowed OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE Questions – YES Answers - NO
The Three Components of OOTM Spontaneous Long-Term 100 Points • On the Spot 200 Points • Anything Goes • 3 Types - Verbal - Hands On - Combo/Hybrid • Specific Rules • Open-Ended • Solution Presented in Skit Form (8 -min) Style 50 Points • Elaboration of LT • Pizzazz, Sparkle, Polish • Team Chosen Elements Total 350 Points Long-Term + Style + Spontaneous = Total Score
The Long-Term Problems There are six new problems each year (Aug -Sept) 200 Points P 1 Vehicle – “Triathlon Travels” P 2 Technical – “Emoji, Speak for Yourself” P 3 Classics – “Mockumentary! Seriously? ” P 4 Structure – “Animal House” P 5 Theatrical – “A Stellar Hangout” Primary – Demo Only “We’re Cooking Now”* *Not all problems are offered in all age Divisions
Performance Time Limit: 8 minutes There is a Cost Limit to each problem ($125 -145) - Only the materials used in competition are included in the cost - Duct tape & cardboard, lawn-sale value, scavenging - Some items are exempt from cost, these are listed in the Odyssey of the Mind™ Program Guide
What do OMER’s Need?
Commitment Participation requires a commitment by Team members and Coaches Teams generally work on their LT Problems from Oct-Feb. Meeting times vary by age and team. In general, teams meet twice a week. This is a very large commitment and not all teams make it to their regional tournament therefore: EVERY TEAM PRESENTING A SOLUTION IS A WINNER ! One team is awarded 1 st Place for each LT Problem and Division In NC 1 st and 2 nd Place Teams are invited to attend the State Tournament.
Coaches All Volunteers Regional Training Support: Books, Videos, Web pages, Telephone. www. odysseyofthemind. org www. ncome. org [email protected] org
• Training • Tournament • Temperament • 2 – 4 hours • No training • Pre-tournament or at tournament
Expenses • Membership in Odyssey of the Mind International $135 per school or org. • NCOM Regional & State Registration $135 per team. $100 per team Early Bird before (December 23) • Coaches’ Training per Coach $20 ($15 if pre-registered) Team Support • Snacks & Supplies • R&D • Judge • Volunteer • Travel to Tournaments
Timeline Late August – Mid December Purchase international membership October 28, 2017 Coaches Training – Wake Tech, Raleigh November 11, 2017 Technology Fair – Hope Valley December 23, 2017 Early Bird Registration Deadline January 27, 2018 Spontaneous Fair – Morris Grove Elementary, February 17, 2018 Judges Training & Primary Tournament – Wake Tech Comm. College, Raleigh March 3, 2018 Elementary, Durham Chapel Hill Eastern Region Tournament Wake Tech Comm. College, Raleigh
NCOM State Tournament March 24, 2018 Central Region Wingate University, Wingate, NC
World Finals - 2018 May 24 - 27 Iowa State University - Ames, Iowa l l An International Extravaganza The Odyssey of the Mind is truly a worldwide competition. Participants include teams from Australia, Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Siberia, Singapore, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, West Africa, and practically every state in the U. S. The annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals is an event to behold. It embodies the international spirit of creativity!
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