Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind

What is the Odyssey of the Mind?

The Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational competition program whose mission is to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Through solving open-ended problems, students develop creative thinking skills that can be applied to real-life situations. Teams from throughout the U.S. and more that 25 other countries participate in the program. 

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, whish is one of 5 general categories: mechanical/vehicle, technical performance, classics, structure and performance. They are also scored on how well they solve a "spontaneous" problem on the spot, and "Style" -- the elaboration of their long-term problem solution.

Who is the Crestwood Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Team?

The Crestwood Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team consists of six students in 6th and 7th Grade from the Crestwood School District. This is the 5th year the team has competed in the Odyssey of the Mind program. They have qualified to compete at the PA State Competition the past three years. They are two time PA State Champions and this is the second year in a row they have qualified to compete in the World Final Competition. The 33rd Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Competition will be held at Iowas State University on May 23rd-26th. Teams from all over the United States and the world will be competing at the World Finals, ex: Poland, China, Mexico, South Korea and many more. Your support can make this trip a reality for the Crestwood Middle School Odyssey of the MInd Team.

Team members: Ky LaMarca, Paige Allen, John McGroarty, Johnny Kehl, Reagan Venturi, Grant Cormier