Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for 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.
How do students benefit from participation? In Odyssey of the Mind, students learn at a young age skills that will last a lifetime. They work in teams so they learn cooperation, collaboration and respect for the ideas of others. They evaluate ideas and make decisions on their own, gaining greater self-confidence and increased self-esteem along the way. They work within a budget, so they learn to manage their money. They see that there’s often more than one way to solve a problem, and that sometimes the process is more important than the end result.
What is the commitment to join an Odyssey of the Mind team? Students will meet with their team for 1 hour per week on a day and time that is agreed upon by the coach and the team. Most meetings will be held at McKinley after school. They will run from November through March. Odyssey of the Mind is run completely by volunteers. Parents will be needed to coach teams, to help the team’s coach, or to serve as judges or volunteers at the competition. If you sign your child up for Odyssey of the Mind, you should expect to help out in some capacity!
Look for information on Odyssey in the Fall with the parent coordinators kick off the years campaign! See more at odysseyofthemind.org.
For more information or to volunteer, email John Egge.