Join McKinley’s Odyssey of the Mind Teams – Sign Up By October 1

Don’t worry if you missed Thursday’s Odyssey of the Mind info session! It’s not too late to learn more about McKinley’s teams! Complete and submit THIS FORM by October 1 to indicate your interest. Questions? Contact Katie Romeo at katiesromeo(at)gmail(dot)com.

Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students.  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 the Connecticut state competition in March.

We are looking for students from all grades to join an existing team or start a new one.  We are also looking for parent coaches to guide teams in this rewarding, fun, and highly educational program for our children.  Teams will start weekly practices ASAP and continue until competition on March 16.  Teams have a minimum of 5 and maximum of 7 members.

Division 1 (grades 3-5):  Teams will create and perform skits that address a problem of their choosing.  Themes include constructing a mobile vehicle, creating a changing mechanical creature, exploring Leonardo DaVinci’s workshop, building structures that can be propelled in a carnival game, and exploring how human nature deals with disagreements and distractions.

Primary Division (grades K-2):  children will create and perform a skit that involves creating an original museum and exhibits where a tour guide will take audience on a journey of humorous characters and creative displays.

Coaches:  Coaches/Co-Coaches are needed to guide the team through their process.  This is a serious time commitment but well worth it. You can set the meeting day and time for your team that works for you.  Once teams are set, we will have a coaches meeting to learn more.

Cost:  The PTA will pay for the school membership and contribute a small amount towards each team’s registration fee of $225.  Depending on the size of the team, each member will likely be asked to contribute $30-$50 to pay the remainder of fee and help buy supplies for spontaneous practices and performance props/costumes.