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1. Creative Opportunity for Warm Springs/James Leitch/ Horner 2011-2012 Students!

2. Agenda What is Odyssey of the Mind? What, Who, How, Where, Why This year’s problems Teams, divisions Parent Commitment, key dates Q&A

3. Introducing Odyssey of the Mind

4. What Is Odyssey of the Mind? An after-school enrichment program on Critical Thinking & Problem Solving This program helps kids to improve their critical thinking ability. learn to think out side of the box. Importance of respecting Others ideas & opinions adopt in a team environment Improve their presentation skills Parents to know more about their Kids. How do they think about a problem in hand? How do they apply their creative mind to solve a problem? How do they learn to work in a team environment ? Areas of improvements around Creativity? Interactive question? Tennis ball example of “creative”Interactive question? Tennis ball example of “creative”

5. Who participates in Odyssey of the Mind? More than Thousands of team participates from more than 30 countries. Any group of students from any school worldwide may join this program. Odyssey of the Mind tournaments are held in the spring of each year around the world at various levels Regional -> State -> 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!

6. Last Years Team ?

7. Last years Performance Division I (WS) 47 Students 7 Teams Aqua Blue Fern Lavender Indigo Orange Red Primary (James Leitch) 14 Students 2 Teams Green Navy

9. What Makes Odyssey Different? Emphasis on creativity Kids are rewarded more for how they apply their knowledge, skills and talents, and not for coming up with the right answer In fact, in Odyssey of the Mind problems, there isn’t one right answer. Ever. Just like life….

11. Components of Odyssey Long Term Problem Solve a long-term problem throughout the year Present the solution to the long term problem at a competition in a creative artistic skit (8 mins) with “style” Spontaneous Problem Solve a spontaneous problem (on the spot) Define styleDefine style

12. What Is Style? It is what everyone displays every day It is what every team has from the first time it meets It is the way a person (or group) walks, talks, dresses, thinks… in general presents himself/herself Why is it scored? It is a team’s style that makes problem solution unique It is a team’s style that demonstrates its creative thinking outside the problem constraints It is a team’s style that ties all the elements for a problem solution together.

13. What kids learn from Odyssey Teamwork Effective of use of materials and tools Breaking down a bigger problem into smaller components and then solving it piece by piece Creation of a skit - artistry/performance Relevance of Costumes / Props in a Performance Time Management - Learning time efficiency Adjust with open-ended problems creatively Money Management - Budgeting money (e.g., cost limit for solution)

14. Teamwork, use of materials and tools (age appropriate)

15. Solve Long-Term Problem – step by step

16. Present a dramatic skit – with artistry & Costumes

17. Spontaneous Problem Solving This part of the competition is called "Spontaneous" because teams don't know what they'll have to do until they enter the competition room. Solving spontaneous problems teaches students to "think on their feet." There can be Three types of Spontanous Problems Hands-on Requires team to physically create a tangible solution Verbal Require verbal responses. They may incorporate improvisation or dramatization Requires good English verbal skills including use of idioms with fast, clear speech Verbal/hands-on Require teams to create a tangible solution and include some type of verbal component, for example, creating a story about the solution. ONLY FIVE team members will participate in SPONT FINAL Style goes before thisStyle goes before this

18. Spontaneous Examples HandsOn Build a tall structure with Straws and Playdoh until it collapses Verbal Name any words or phrases that use or contain the letters "ice". Ex. Ice man, Icing, Ice Hockey etc Name things that stick to other things, what they stick to, and the result. Ex. Stamps stick to letters so the post office will deliver them Verbal/HandsOn Make a sculpture with a piece of tin foil, and have other members tell a story using it creatively

19. “Outside Assistance” Rule Team gets a penalty for ANY outside help from parents or anyone else No “suggesting” solutions; Just guide by asking very general questions No doing any of the work for the kids, even if it involves tools that are beyond their capability (just have them go back and choose a different solution) No “fixing” things at home, or competition site Teams should not start problem solution until the membership is solid

20. This Year’s Problems! Ooh-Motional Vehicle (Vehicle) The problem requires teams to design, build, and drive a vehicle that will travel a course where it will encounter three different situations. The vehicle will display a different human emotion for each encounter and one will cause it to travel in reverse….. more Weird Science (Technical) The team will create and present a performance about a team of scientists on an expedition to uncover the cause of mysterious events….. more To Be or Not To Be (Classics) teams will put a musical theatre spin on one of William Shakespeare's most famous lines: "To Be Or Not To Be." Hamlet, the title character, ponders this question and realizes that the easy way out is not always the correct choice…. more You Make the Call (Structure) Design, Build and demonstrate a Balsa wood Structure, which can hold maximum loads….. more Odyssey Angels (Performance) The team will create and present a performance where a group of students travel throughout one or more team-created places where they encounter negative situations. These “Odyssey Angels” change what they find and turn them into positive situations…. more Primary: Hide and Peek The team is to create a device that uncovers three surprise objects by lifting a team-decorated container off of each of them from 5, 8 and 10 feet away.

21. What is a team? 7 “brains” maximum Includes any members that have “dropped out” Don’t drop out! – impacts the team spirit…. Desirable to have 5 members minimum Spontaneous problem needs 5 to be effective Must have a COACH! No coach, no team! Coach is a coordinator. It is the team who does all the job. Coaching may be shared between parents, but at least one parent must attend a Coaches Training Coaching is a lot of fun! You get to see the team grow and develop, and witness your child’s participation on the team. It’s an opportunity to give back some to the community. Divisions go before this.Divisions go before this.

22. Age Divisions Primary – Grades K-2. Division I – Up to Grade 5. Division II – Grades 6-8. Division III – Grades 9 & above. Division IV – Collegiate.

23. What do you need to sign up? Together we can make the difference Your Commitment to spend time with your kids for Creative activity Money commitment $50 fee to join a team to cover tournament registration fees, Stationeries, Organizing OM Events, contribute to the team to buy materials, etc., travel Find a coach, or be a coach! Remember: no coach, no team! This is a volunteer Parent-run program!!

24. Time Commitment Host meetings; supervise work sessions, drive kids to shop for materials, be a volunteer judge, volunteer at the tournament Attend meetings, as required by the coach; Assist coach(es) with particular aspects (e.G., Building, script, costumes etc.) Help kids to find time to meet and fulfill their responsibilities. Make sure that the kids have the time to attend meeting and do the tasks they have taken on individually at home 1 meeting per week, more at “crunch time” Kids interest will drive the meeting schedule Help organize and conduct “spontaneous problem” practices Teach skills/find experts to teach skills

25. Money Commitment Odyssey involves expenses, much like any sports and other activities Program costs Membership fees ($135+$55 for school), tournament fees ($70 per team) Practice materials, books & tools expenses can go WAY beyond the $125-$145 cost limit! Travel to regional, state and world competition Share in the expense for coach, chaperone, (and/or teacher) to go to state and (possibly) worlds Worlds usually involves fundraising

26. OM Workshops Critical Thinking Coaching Leadership Structural Engineering Theatrical Performance Set & Prop Design Costume Design Style Elements Design Script Writing Managing Money

27. Key Dates for 2011-2012 OM Program

28. Next steps Ask yourself if you’re interested to be part of your kids creative activities Ask your child if he/she is interested, and is willing to commit to working with a team for 4-5 months Are you willing to work with the team of parents to support the kids and the coach (es) to improve kids creativity skills ? Are you willing to coach? Form a team around your child – have him/her work with others to form a core group, up to 6 or 7 Make sure your kid is on Registration list. Check to Warm Spring Elementary School for $50 to secure a slot, plus signed Parent/Student contract. We’ll try to finalize teams by Mid of October, so they can start meeting

29. Forming a “Winning” team: What it looks like A balance of skills & interest and gender (equal opportunity)….. Technical, artistic, dramatic, musical, craftsmanship, script writing, costume making, humor Keeping a team together through the grades – but its up to the kids! Team evolves over time… develops friendships forever Kids lead the meetings, facilitate discussion, assign responsibilities, mediate disagreements, develop a respect for each others strengths and weaknesses, work together to overcome hurdles and challenges….and the coach just makes sure no one gets hurt….. Remember: Every team is a “winner” if you can put on a show at the regional competition! Focus is on creativity and having fun!

30. OM - Organizers Program Chair : Mr Brett Nelson Program Coordinator: Mr Clyde Mann Program Head Coach: Jayanta Samanta Program Treasurer: Seena Shankar

31. More about our OM resources?

32. How to Get Started VOLUNTEER or FIND a COACH! Email interest to: [email protected] or [email protected] FORM A TEAM Submit Contracts & Registration Fees to your Team Coach $50 Check payables to “Warm Spring School” with “OM” as memo Pls. submit all checks to Program Treasurer Sheena Shankar. Links for more info: Main website: WS/JL Website: California state: Silicon Valley region: Bay area region:

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