Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students of all ages. Teams of students select a problem, create a solution in the form of an eight-minute skit, and present their solution in a competition. Problems require the students to “think outside the box” using creativity, critical-thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. There is a second part to the competition called Spontaneous. Teams are given a “top secret” verbal or hands-on problem at competition that they have to solve on the spot as a team.
Odyssey is offered to Johnstown students as an enrichment program at Warren Street Elementary and Knox Junior High. This year there are six teams at Warren Street and two at Knox, each comprised of five to seven members. Each team requires a coach, usually a parent volunteer, that oversees the meetings. Other than that, the program is totally student led and driven.
Since forming their teams in the fall, Johnstown students have been working to create their skit, make costumes, and design scenery and props, all while following the requirements of their problem. They are now finishing up final preparations for regional competition and will be wearing their team t-shirts to school on Thursday, March 9. That evening there will be a dress rehearsal in the Warren Street gymnasium.
The regional Odyssey of the Mind competition will take place on Saturday, March 11, at Canajoharie Elementary/Middle School. Listed below are the times for the Johnstown teams’ Long Term Problems (skits) in case you would like to attend the competition. Please help us wish the Johnstown teams the best of luck!
|Team||Problem||Division||Long Term Time||Location||Spont. Time|
|Kotz-Warren||4-Ready, Set, Balsa, Build||I||9:00 AM||Nellis Gym||2:00 PM|
|Elston-Warren||2-Odd-A-Bot||II||10:00 AM||East Hill Gym||2:00 PM|
|5-A Superhero Cliffhanger||I||10:40 AM||Gathering Room||1:40 PM|
|Johnson-Knox||3-It’sTime, OMER||II||11:40 AM||East Hill
|Swedick-Knox||5-A Superhero Cliffhanger||II||12:20 PM||East Hill Gym||9:20 AM|
|1-Catch Us if You Can||I||2:00 PM||Nellis Gym||9:20 AM|
|Maxson-Warren||5-A Superhero Cliffhanger||II||2:20 PM||East Hill Gym||12:40 PM|
|Naseli-Warren||1-Catch Us if You Can||II||3:00 PM||Nellis Gym||12:20 PM|