Odyssey of the Mind at BHES

Teams for the 2018/2019 school year are forming this September.

Find out more about this international problem-solving program! Learn what it takes to be a coach and how to form a team! Join us for an informational session on September 25 from 7:00-7:30 in the BHES library.


What is Odyssey of the Mind?

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an international educational program that teaches students creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process.

OM teams develop solutions to open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests – from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretations of literary classics. The goal is to develop the most creative “out of the box” solution within a modest, pre-determined budget.

Teams bring their solutions to competition at the regional level, which will be held March 2019. Teams may then earn a spot and choose to compete at the national competition, held in May 2019.

Adult coaches act as facilitators and cheerleaders -- and are discouraged from influencing the team's ideas or helping them create their solution. The result is that all success the team has belongs 100% to the kids. The teaming skills and self-confidence this builds is why OM has grown for over 35 years to more than 30 countries.

You can learn more about OM here: https://www.odysseyofthemind.com


Who Should Do Odyssey of the Mind?

All children benefit from developing creative problem-solving techniques and team skills, but if your child has an interest in engineering, art, drama, writing, story-telling, building, or just having fun, OM is a great fit for them! Teams benefit from a wide range of skill sets and personality traits.


How To Participate

The number of OM teams at BHES will be dictated by the number of parents who are willing to coach, judge at the regional competition, and otherwise help out – as well as by the number of students who are interested in participating.

Parents can attend a coaching workshop, in November, to learn everything they need to know to get started.


When, Where and How Often Does it Meet?

Meeting schedules are determined by the coaches and parents, but meetings are typically held once a week for 1 to 2 hours. They are held at a parent volunteer’s house at a time that is most convenient for all team members. As the regional competition approaches, there may be extra hours and meetings to make final preparations.


Contact Information

If you are interested in joining or being a coach/co-coach, please contact:

Paul Lekas -- paul.lekas@gmail.com

or

Lacey Kurtz -- Lacey1@gmail.com


Last year, BHES had many great teams! We are looking forward to another fun year!