for every problem, there is just one correct answer
Divergent Problem Solving
for lots of problems, 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 Because there are no wrong solutions, teams are free to take calculated risks in attempting to solve the problem Odyssey of the Mind allows kids to use their imaginations to interpret and solve complex problems in a FUN way!
Most of life’s problems are divergent in nature, so Odyssey of the Mind teaches lessons that benefit students both inside and outside of the classroom
Participants benefit in many ways. By doing everything themselves they:
* increase self-esteem
* realize their full potential
* learn to appreciate the talents of others
* develop self-respect and respect for others
* learn life-long skills
* learn to negotiate
* develop a sense of pride and accomplishment
* MUCH, MUCH more!!
Coaches must remember that although Odyssey of the Mind is a creative competition, it’s not about winning – it is more about LEARNING! In the long run, students benefit from the PROCESS, not the results.
Make a rhyme using a name or species of an animal (i.e. Raccoons are certainly not Baffoons!)
Hands-on – problems requiring manipulation of material
You have 7 minutes to make a structure out of pasta that will be judged on height and strength.
Verbal/Hands-on – problems with both verbal and hands on components
There is a roll of duct tape on the table. Say what it could be used for, or improvise with it, or pretend that it represents something. (i.e., Roll it and say, “A wheel came off a car” or, “A hamster mobile.”
Spontaneous problems are completed on the day of competition, however it is key to PRACTICE… PRACTICE… PRACTICE… to prepare! It is also important to brainstorm ways to get “unstuck.”
Style is the elaboration of the Long-Term Problem. It is a place where the team can show the judges what they are particularly excited about or proud of. Style is presented during the Long-Term Problem Solution performance.
What makes this performance really shine? Style is the place for the team to showcase their strengths and talents.
All problems correlate with the Arts curriculum document due to the integration of the visual and performing arts aspects required for each problem in its presentation
All problems require an original performance. Problems 3 and 5 (Classics and Theatrical) correlate with The Ontario Curriculum: Language, 2006 in greater depth
Problems 1, 2, and 4 (Vehicles, Technical, and Structures) correlate with The Ontario Curriculum: Science (1998) and Mathematics (2005)
The Odyssey of the Mind program is also correlated with the curriculum document Guidance and Career Education, 1999 . Some employable skills include: personal management, problem solving, teamwork, developing and presenting information, and organization
The Ontario Creative Problem Solvers Inc. gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture. The Foundation receives annually $100 million in government funding generated through Ontario's charity casino initiative.