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Odyssey of the Mind


Odyssey of the Mind


Odyseey of the Mind


Thank you so much to the parents who have shown an interest in creating and maintaining Odyssey of the Mind teams for the 2018-19 school year and into the future.  From our initial meetings and the brainstorming that ensued, St. Matthias School can expect to form three teams next year; one for grades K-2, one for grades 3-5 and one for grades 6-8.  Jhanice Domingo has volunteered to be the coordinator of these teams.  If you are interested in assisting with the coaching of Odyssey, please contact Jhanice at  There will be ongoing meetings for those who are interested in steering this competition at SMS for the benefit of our students.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students of all ages.  Teams of students select a problem, create a solution, then present their solution in a competition against other teams in the same problem and division.  There are many nuances of the program that are:

  1. Students work in teams of up to seven members under the guidance of an adult coach.
  2. Teams spend weeks or months, at their own pace, creating solutions to long-term problems,
  3. Team members come up with all the ideas for their solution and do all the work themselves. Coaches may help teach skills and educate the team on ways of approaching the problem and of evaluation their solution.
  4. Teams have 8 minutes to present their long-term problem solution in competition.

In most situations, teams first compete at the regional level.  Those who place at this level advance to Association Finals at the state/province/country level, according to qualification criteria set by the individual association.  Teams that place here are eligible to compete in the annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

More detailed information can be found at  Thank you in advance for anyone who reaches out to Jhanice to become part of the coaching team.