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  • Welcome to the 2023-2024 Season!

    Welcome to the 2023-2024 Season!

    We have kicked off the 2023/2024 season. Thank you for your hard work last year. It was a very successful year.

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  • 2023-2024 Problem Synopses

    2023-2024 Problem Synopses

    Problem synopses are available for everyone to whet their appetites for each creative challenge. Full problems become available in late August for members!

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  • Support the Odyssey Adventure!

    Support the Odyssey Adventure!

    Every year, we have the privilege of watching our Northern California youth grow as individuals and team members AND flaunt their talents and smarts. We are thrilled to be able to share this journey with you.

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  • Team Tip Tuesday

    Team Tip Tuesday

    First TEAM TIP TUESDAY advice!! From Helen Girod a retired team Omer originally from the Coastal Region in California and now resides in Maryland. She has been a Team Member, World Finalist, State Board Member and Regional/State/WF Official. Love this advice she is right another man’s trash is another man’s treasure😊🙌 Alumni/Retired Team Members, if…

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  • NorCal Happenings for the 2022-2023 Season

    NorCal Happenings for the 2022-2023 Season

    Letter from the Association Directors Greetings!  As NorCal Odyssey Co-Association Directors, Bruce Mackinlay and Diedre Girod, we want to welcome you all to the 2022-2023 season. The new Odyssey of the Mind season is here and with a new season comes excitement about what is on the horizon! It’s time to get your membership, bring…

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  • Wagner Ranch is in the NEWS!

    Wagner Ranch is in the NEWS!

    Wagner Ranch Places First in Odyssey of the Mind By Staff The fifth grade team at Wagner Ranch Elementary rose to the challenge amidst a pandemic year and placed first in their division at the Odyssey of the Mind SF Bay Regional Competition, held in a virtual tournament Feb. 27. Odyssey of the Mind is a…

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  • Look Who Is In The NEWS – Loma Verde Odyssey of the Mind

    Look Who Is In The NEWS – Loma Verde Odyssey of the Mind

    4.23.2021 Loma Verde Odyssey of the Mind Teams Advance to World Finals (Novato, CA)…Loma Verde Elementary School sent five teams of students to compete in the annual Odyssey of the Mind NorCal Section Championship this year and the winners were announced on April 19, 2021. The Championship was virtual and two Loma Verde teams qualified…

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  • 2021 Showcase Celebration Event

    2021 Showcase Celebration Event

    Join us live for the NorCal ALL Regions Showcase Celebration this Saturday, March 13th at 4:30pm ONLINE Congratulations!!! You completed your first round for this year’s Odyssey of the Mind competition season. On Saturday, March 13th at 4:30 pm, we will be having our Showcase celebration! Come join us for a live event on:Zoom ID:…

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  • Celebrate this “ODDyssey” Season with a t-shirt or pins!

    Celebrate this “ODDyssey” Season with a t-shirt or pins!

    Celebrate this unusual “Oddyssey” year with a shirt! Our favorite t-shirt company, GIC Graphics, has come up with 2 awesome designs (with help from our Redwood RD Bob Lipman) to commemorate the 2021 Odyssey Showcase and State Tournament! The first design is based on our participation pins which, as you can see, will be awesome!…

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  • A Word From Spont Problem Capt.

    A Word From Spont Problem Capt.

    Virtual Verbals? Time for a New Mindset! If you are new to Odyssey, new is the name of the game. If you’ve participated in Odyssey before, you and your team are used to the format typically used to solve verbal problems during spontaneous competitions: Although working as a team, in reality during an “in person”…

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