Exciting NEWS: Odyssey of the Mind will continue at Wiscasset Elementary School and we would like to open up programming to middle-high school students this school year!First, we need at least twoOdyssey of the Mind coaches! Please e-mail Ms. Sugarman with any inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a few dates to be aware of before committing.
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“Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students (of all abilities) in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential. OotM proves that students can have fun while they learn.”
Meetings take place after school where students form into teams of seven and rehearse problems provided by OotM. It is up to the students to solve the problem on their own without the help of anyone outside the team. Coaches provide students with communication and collaboration support only… no ideating. Students literally write scripts, create costumes and sets, collect and create props all on their own!
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Odyssey students compete regionally with students of their same age bracket one weekend in March. They are scored based on creativity, how well they followed the directions for the problem and on teamwork. Last year, my team decided to wear brightly colored knee highs to competition day. The school and team spirit represented in the competition were electric! If student teams win at regionals, they move on to State finals which are held the last week in March in Brunswick. All transportation is the responsibility of the parent.
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- Solicit interest from staff and parents. We need at least two coaches to start, one at WES and one at WMHS. I will act as the coordinator of the program and as a fill-in coach.
- Hold an informational meeting for staff, parents and students, and collect contact information.
- September/October- Pay registration fee $135 for each school (budgeted already for WES, will need to raise money for WMHS membership (boosters?))
- October - Secure student permission for participating in OotM
- November - December - Students meet with coaches once a week and attend a spontaneous problem training
- December - Secure supplies for each problem (donations/some funding may be needed)
- January - Decide how many teams will be competing and pay competition fees
- January - March - Students meet with coaches two times a week, competition first or second week of March
Last year's Saturday commitments (Each year, these dates are very similar) :Saturday, January 26th -- 9:00 – 12:00 pm Spontaneous Day - Auburn Middle School, Auburn
Saturday, March 16th -- Regional Competitions Challenge (North) All day - Brunswick High School
Saturday, March 23rd -- Primary Tournament All day - Auburn Middle School
Saturday, April 6th -- State Tournament, Biddeford Middle School
Sunday, May 5th -- 9:00-1:00 pm -- World Finals Gathering, Fisher Mitchell School
Wednesday, May 22nd -Saturday 25th -- Odyssey of the Mind World Finals
*** In my history, as an Ootm coach/coordinator I have had three teams go to states and zero teams go to the World Finals. Usually, in the first year, we would skip the World Finals if we were indeed chosen. The second year, we would fundraise, starting at the beginning of the school year. "
Sincerely, Rachel A. Sugarman (Rachel S. Hamlin)
Gifted and Talented Teacher and Coordinator, Wiscasset School Department
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