ODYSSEY of the Mind is an extra-curricular school activity in creative problem-solving. Modelled on interscholastic sports, Odyssey of the Mind’s creative competitions combines the excitement of athletic competition with fun-filled often zany mental gymnastics. Teams match wits & abilities at regional, national and world competition.
ODYSSEY of the Mind is an international educational program for students from kindergarten through college. 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 local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
ODYSSEY teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking “outside of the box.” While conventional thinking has an important place in a well-rounded education, students need to learn how to think creatively and productively.
WHAT MAKES ODYSSEY DIFFERENT?
Odyssey of the Mind is a competitive program, but it’s nothing like your typical sporting event. The competitive element encourages kids to be the best that they can be, but it’s a friendly competition. Kids learn from and even cheer on their competitors. Odyssey of the Mind is not a college bowl or a competition about knowledge. It’s all about creativity, an often overlooked element in the growth and development of many students. Kids are rewarded more for how they apply their knowledge, skills and talents, and not for coming up with the right answer. In fact, in Odyssey of the Mind problems, there isn’t one right answer Ever.
HOW DO STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM PARTICIPATION?
In Odyssey of the Mind, students learn at a young age skills that will last a lifetime. They work in teams so they learn cooperation and respect for the ideas of others. They evaluate ideas and make decisions on their own, gaining greater self-confidence and increased self-esteem along the way. They work within a budget, so they learn to manage their money. They see that there’s often more than one way to solve a problem, and that sometimes the process is more important than the end result.
HOW ARE TEAMS JUDGED IN COMPETITION?
Thousands of volunteers from around the world judge the competitions and serve in various positions to help make the tournaments a success. Teams are scored for their long-term problem solution, how well they solve a “spontaneous” problem on the spot, and “style” – the elaboration of their long-term problem solution.
Odyssey of the Mind-India is a group of enthusiastic all-volunteer who firmly believe that this program offers something unique for your children. We believe that they will learn teamwork, creative problem solving, divergent thinking, persistence, practical skills, and many other abilities through participating in this unique program `Odyssey of the Mind’.
OM-India firmly believes that creative minds can make the country reach the heights and Creativity can be developed
* Develop creative thinking abilities. Creativity can be taught.
* Learn there is more than one solution to a problem
* Improve communication skills
* Increase student ability to apply known principles and facts to “hands-on” situations. Kids do everything.
* Exercise and use the higher-order thinking and critical thinking skills, especially analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
* Develop and utilize skills of all members.
* Learn how to use the creative problem-team solving process.
* Develop and use research skills
* Develop and use local resources.
* Making new friendships.
* Use team building exercises.
* Learn to be risk takers in expressing and developing their ideas.
* Process is more important than winning.
* Have fun while learning all of these very important skills.
Odyssey of the Mind is proudly sponsored by NASA. For last 11 years NASA have been sponsoring an Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem.
According to NASA’s Earth Observing System Senior Project Scientist Dr. Michael King, “The partnership of Odyssey of the Mind and NASA is a natural collaboration, with both organizations representing the best of the best in innovation, teamwork and creative problem-solving.”
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