Odyssey of the Mind is an international program aimed at developing creative problem solving skills in children of all ages. The program encourages teamwork, critical analysis of ideas, learning how to listen to one another, effective conflict resolution, flexible creative thinking, and on-stage performance skills. Students are placed in teams of 5-7 students based on grade level, interests, child preferences, and balance. Grades 1-2 participate in Primary Division and Grades 3-5 in Division 1. Program meetings for 2022/2023 will be on Friday afternoons at 4:30 pm at Bells Mill. The fall meetings are tentatively scheduled to begin on October 14, 2022. Beginning in December/January, many teams will likely add a few weekend meetings at parents’ homes to do additional work on the long-term problem for things like set and prop production. The program is run entirely by parent volunteers. You can learn more about the program and parent volunteer opportunities at this link: https://bit.ly/OOTMflyer22-23
If interested in participating, please register by September 30 using the online registration form available at: https://bit.ly/OOTM22-23. The cost to participate in Odyssey of the Mind at Bells Mill is $85, payable via Zelle or Venmo. The fee covers team registration fees, t-shirt, materials for spontaneous problems, room rentals and other needs that arise.
For those who may be new to the program and looking for more information, a virtual parent information meeting will be held on September 19 at 7 pm. Please sign up here to be sent log-in information for the meeting: https://bit.ly/OOTMsignup22-23
If you have any questions about the program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*ODOM is run by BMES parent volunteers and is not run by the PTA itself. We are sharing this information for the benefit of the community.*