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     ODYSSEY OF THE MIND      
official Wisconsin State Member

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Our homeschool After School Club offers Odyssey of the Mind, a child created critical thinking program that finds a solution to a given problem by thinking outside the box.

Children learn valuable life skills in

  • Problem Solving
  • Leadership
  • Compromise
  • Teamwork
  • Organization
  • Technical Design 
  • Architectural Design
  • Hands on Building/Creating
  • Theatrical/Drama Skills
  • Vehicle Power Design
  • Research
  • Improvisation
  • Getting Along
  • Decision Making
  • Commitment  
  • Competition
  • Public Speaking/Performance

Components
1. SPONTANEOUS- Practice an unknown verbal or improvisational task
2. Team created solution to a LONG TERM PROBLEM without any outside help 
Goal: Submit a solution in a state competition (early Spring)  

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Spontaneous Example

Long Term Example

You're in a room with a really leaky roof..... What creative way could you stay dry?

Response: Go out and buy a big pot to catch the water or install a drain in the floor or cover yourself in sponges.                              

A team (without outside help) will design, build and run a vehicle that uses the power of a mousetrap as its only source of energy. Vehicles will travel a course completing tasks such as go through a tunnel and raise a flag. 

Team members perform a comentary with a play by play announcer.     


For a full description of OotM current year synopsis visit the official web site www.odysseyofthemind.com 

How do I join? Contact program coordinator
Michelle Johnson
email: just1fruit@yahoo.com
715-962-3033

What is Odyssey of the Mind?:
Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the state, and world level.   

Who can be on the HomeStars team?:
Any homeschooled child ages K-12 that is a HomeStars member. If your child is not homeschooled, check with your local school district or private school. 

Why do I have to be homeschooled?:
HomeStars is a homeschool organization. You must be part of an organization that has an OotM membership. Most school districts offer this program. A child that is enrolled in a public/private school or other private organization can obtain a membership to OotM.

Why do I have to be a member of HomeStars?:
Our membership dues paid the bill. Your family may obtain its own OotM membership for $125 allowing ONE team to compete. A membership under an organization (in this case HomeStars) that offers services to all ages K-12 may send up to 15 teams under one membership. Under our umbrella we intend to avoid any questions of "stacking the deck"...... Taking the quarterback from this school and the running back from that school creating an unfair advantage over the rest of the state or causing question to the officials and risking disqualification in a STATE or WORLD tournament.

What is the role of the coaches/parents if the team cannot accept outside help?: 
Parents are the coaches, whether at home or at a whole team practice. A coach must be involved to keep the team motivated and excited to complete the task by competition date. Although we cannot solve the problem for them, our job is to ask intriguing question or teach them the skills needed to complete the job. For instance, if a costume needs to be sewed you can teach a child to sew but not sew the actual costume being made. If the skill is too difficult then we may ask "What else would fasten these pieces of material together? You will be in awe at how well children come up with creative ways such as staples, duct tape or safety pins.

No solution is "hokey" it's just creative. Adults have long since turned off our creativity.....kids are much more creative than we are.