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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.

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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

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History of Odyssey of the Mind

The program was started by a NJ CollegeEducator, Dr. C. Samuel Micklus (Dr. Sam)

Dr. Sam challenged students in his courses to solve assignments in unusual and creativeways. At the end of the semester, students presented their solutions in a competition

In 1978-1979, the Odyssey of the Mind program began. Originally it was called Olympics of the Mind

North Carolina was one of the 1st States outside NJ to participate and compete in an OotM World Finals (we’re currently in our 31st 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

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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
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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!

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Odyssey of the Mind Involves…

HARD WORK

FUN

New Challenges

The Most

Creative

and

Original

Solution Possible

Presentation Skills

Group Dynamics

Planning

Analysis

Trial and Error

Applied Education

DOING YOUR BEST

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Memberships & Team Structure

Memberships are from: schools, clubs, churches, libraries, community groups and home schools

Teams of up to 7 members

P-DI-DII-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)

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Solutions to the problems are ENTIRELY that of the team.No OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE is allowed

OUTSIDE

ASSISTANCE

Questions – YES Answers - NO

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The Three Components of OOTM

Spontaneous

Long-Term

  • 100 Points
  • On the Spot
  • Anything Goes
  • 3 Types
    • Verbal
    • Hands On- Combo/Hybrid
  • 200 Points
  • 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

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The Long-Term Problems

  • There are six new problems each year
  • (Aug -Sept)
  • 200 Points
      • P1 Vehicle – “Driver’s Test”
      • P2 Technical – “The Not-So-Haunted House”
      • P3 Classics – “It’s How We Rule”
      • P4 Structure – “The Stackable Structure”
      • P5 Theatrical – “Seeing is Believing”
      • Primary–Demo Only “The World’s First Art Festival”*
  • *Not all problems are offered in all age Divisions
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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

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Perspiration

Judge

Time

Creativity

Volunteer

Imagination

Coach

Travel

What do OMER’s Need?

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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 1st Place for each LT Problem and Division

In NC 1st and 2ndPlace Teams are invited to attend the State

Tournament.

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Coaches

All Volunteers

Regional Training

Support: Books, Videos, Web pages, Telephone.

www.odysseyofthemind.org

www.ncom.org

www.ncome.org

regional-director@ncome.org

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Judge

Volunteer

  • Training
  • Tournament
  • Temperament
  • 2 – 4 hours
  • No training
  • Pre-tournament or at tournament
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Expenses

  • Membership in Odyssey of the Mind International $135 per school or org.
  • NCOM Regional & State Registration $105 per team. $85 per team Early Bird before (December 21)
  • Coaches’ Training per Coach $20 ($15 if pre-registered)
  • Team Support
    • Snacks & Supplies
    • R & D
    • Judge
    • Volunteer
    • Travel to Tournaments
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Timeline

Late August – Mid December

Purchase international membership

October 26, 2013

Coaches Training - Salem MS, Apex

November 9, 2013

Technology Fair

December 21, 2013

Early Bird Registration Deadline

January 25, 2014

Spontaneous Fair – Mills Park Elem., Apex

February 8, 2014

Judges Training – Morris Grove Elem., Chapel Hill

March 1, 2014

Eastern Region Tournament

Seawell Elem, Smith MS, Chapel Hill HS

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NCOM State Tournament

April 5, 2014

Central Region

Wingate University, Wingate, NC

world finals 2014 may 28 31 iowa state university ames iowa
World Finals - 2014May 28- 31 Iowa State University - Ames, Iowa
  • 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, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Siberia, Singapore, Slovakia, 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!