2019-20 Cabin John Odyssey of the Mind
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What is Odyssey of the Mind?
Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) is an international program aimed at developing creative problem solving skills in children of all ages (kindergarten through college). There are two general categories of problems: spontaneous and long-term. For spontaneous problems, children work as a team to solve a problem in a few minutes. For long-term problems, children work as a team over the course of several months to solve a more involved problem. The program encourages teamwork, critical analysis of ideas, learning how to listen to one another, effective conflict resolution, flexible creative thinking, and on-stage performance skills. For more info:
, and the Maryland state program website at
Who is Eligible?
Middle School Teams (Graded 6-8) participate in Division 2.
When and Where
Program meetings for 2019-20 will be scheduled in consultation with the coach of each team, but are expected to be on Friday afternoons from 3:00-4:30 at Cabin John. The fall meetings would likely begin on Oct 25, subject to the availability of coaches on that day. Beginning in January, many teams will likely add a few weekend meetings at parents’ homes to do additional work on the long-term problem for things like set and prop production. The Maryland State Tournament will be held in March 2020, and it is essential that all Cabin John team members be available to attend. For any teams that qualify and decide to attend World Finals, those will be held at Iowa State University, May 27-30, 2020.
How Does It Work?
Success in the program depends on innovation, parent volunteerism, and hard work. Student members will learn creative thinking and must also expect to put a lot of effort into their long-term problem. The program is run entirely by parent volunteers. The OotM coaches (all of whom will be provided training) will provide spontaneous problems and offer teaching in skills relevant to the program. However, work on the long-term problem is entirely team-driven – no one but the team members can generate ideas for solving the problem. Parents who do not serve as coaches can instead volunteer to help with many other necessary tasks throughout the year. Teams of 5-7 students will be formed based on grade level, interests, child preferences, and balance.
We anticipate a participation fee of $60, to be determined once we gauge the level of interest for this year. This covers the costs of Cabin John membership, individual team registration fees, t-shirt, materials for spontaneous problems, and other needs that arise.
If You Are Interested in Odyssey of the Mind
+ Indicate your interest via this form (see following pages) no later than Friday, October 18.
+ Complete a separate registration (we will contact you) for each child you wish to enter into the program.
+ Contact coordinators immediately (
) if you are willing to be a coach.
Send any questions to
Dominic Benford: 301-758-9305 or
Trudi Benford: 301-758-9306
Interested? Click for the next page and let us know!
At this stage, let us know that you're interested and we can help guide you through deciding to participate and registering.
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