Odyssey of the Mind Team (Middle School)

Compass has a middle school Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) team! Team members participate in creative, problem-solving challenges and work on a year-long, student-led group project. Odyssey of the Mind is an international program which has encouraged children to tackle problems in unconventional ways through innovation since 1978. OotM merges STEM and the arts into a collaborative effort that brings kids with a variety of interests and talents together. OotM participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, such as speaking and presenting in front of others, and make friends while having fun while they learn and create.

The OotM organization boasts that rather than teaching students how to solve problems, team members are taught “how to be Problem Solvers.” Each year, OotM publishes five, original, long-term challenge problems. Students work with their teams to think outside the box for one-of-a-kind solutions to the challenges. Students brainstorm, research, sketch concepts, make technical drawings, construct prototypes, create a set, design costumes, write scripts, and more, all to package and present their unique solutions in a live performance at local and regional Odyssey competitions. The OotM team also learns to tackle spontaneous challenge programs which are solved in a short time using on-the-spot creativity, quick thinking, and teamwork.

The Compass Division 2 team will be comprised of at least five (5), but no more than seven (7) team members. Students must be in grades 6-8 (grade if enrolled in traditional school by birthdate without grade-skipping or acceleration). The team will meet on Mondays from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm. Additional team meetings may be needed for break-out projects and rehearsals closer to the regional competition. Team parents are needed to assist with transportation and storage of in-progress projects and to serve as volunteers at the local and regional competition.

One or two team members may be needed for the coming year. Interested students should contact Compass to be connected to the team coaches. Prospective members should include a list of the student’s talents, interests, and strengths, as the team strives for diversity in skills (organization/leadership, script writing, costume design, public speaking, performing, etc.)