Odyssey of the Mind
Bloomsburg Area Middle School
This program teaches innovative problem-solving, teamwork, staying within a budget, and it helps build confidence and creativity.
Our 1st Place Team from 2015!!
Important dates for 2014-2015:
Coaches’ Training – January 17, 2015 at Williamsport High School
Judges’ Training – February 7, 2015 at Loyalsock High School
Regional Competition is Saturday, March 14, 2015 – at Berwick High School
State Competition (if advancing) is Saturday, April 11, 2015 – at Berwick High School
Each team must pick one long-term problem to solve for the competition.
The 2014-2015 problems are:
Problem 1: Runaway 'Train'
The team’s problem is to design, build and operate one or more vehicles that will travel on tracks and make stops at different stations without touching the floor. While traveling between stations, the vehicles must overcome obstacles —moving uphill, towing something, and more.
Problem 2: Experiencing Technical Difficulties
The problem is to design, build, and demonstrate various devices that complete specific tasks. The team will create a theme where technical failures must be resolved through completing the tasks. There will be a list of tasks to choose from including ring a bell, change the wording on something, sound an alarm, move an object, etc.
Problem 3: Pandora’s Box
In this classics problem, teams will put a video game spin on the story of Pandora’s Box. A gamer character will take on this multi-level game inspired by the Greek myth. The game will include a prologue, three characters representing different evils, and a power meter that represents the gamer character’s health.
Problem 4: Lose Your Marbles
This problem requires teams to design, build, and test a structure, made only of balsa wood and glue that will balance and support as much weight as possible. The structure will also hold five marbles that will be released during weight placement as a result of a team-created device removing a piece of the structure.
Problem 5: Silent Movie
In this problem teams will create and present a performance depicting a Director character that produces and presents a silent movie featuring a humorous villain character that commits three silly acts of “villainy”. Characters that are in the movie may not speak as part of the presentation of the movie.
The Odyssey of the Mind program depends heavily on volunteers, especially coaches and judges. We have had many interested students in the past and will need volunteers to accommodate everyone. Please consider volunteering. There is no guarantee your child can be on a team without enough help!
You can find more information at http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/