Saturday, April 5, 2008

Odyssey of the Mind

Today my son competed in the State Odyssey of the Mind competition. Odyssey of the Mind, often called OM is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members work together at length to solve a predefined problem (the Long Term problem); and present their solution to the problem at a competition. They must also generate spontaneous answers to a problem they have not seen before; this is the spontaneous part of the competition. The Odyssey of the Mind program was started in 1978 by Dr. C. Samuel Micklus, a professor at Rowan University in New Jersey. That first competition, known as "Olympics of the Mind", involved teams from 28 New Jersey schools. The program is now international, with teams from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Siberia, Singapore, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and West Africa regularly competing in addition to teams from the United States. Odyssey of the Mind teams are divided into four divisions. My son is in Division I which is for students in grades K-5 for the U.S. teams and members less than 12 years of age for international teams.
Skylar's team worked hard....Go Sky!

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