Odyssey in 10 Weeks

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Odyssey of the Mind in 10 Weeks

Want to try Odyssey but don’t think you have time? We’ve got you covered. Our Odyssey in 10 Weeks program breaks down how a team can get ready for competition in ten weeks with a week-by-week guide, weekly meeting suggestions and resources for each week’s exercises.

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New Long-Term Problems are released in their full form every year to coincide with the traditional academic school year. Usually, this means teams obtain access to the Long-Term problems by purchasing their membership from Odyssey HQ on the JOIN page at the HQ website in late August or early September.

Although the full problems are released at the beginning of the school year, the program is designed so that there is flexibility for teams to do what works best for them. Teams can choose their own timeline to be ready for competition season. Some programs in schools may start immediately in August or September and, as such, may seem like these teams have a head start.

Here’s a little secret: it doesn’t matter when the team starts. What matters is that the work gets done and it is as creative as possible.

There are many advantages to having a focused period of time:

  • Students learn time management
  • Work is focused and driven
  • Works with busy schedules of coaches and students
  • Inspired and engaged as a team
  • Naturally encourages teamwork due to the sense of limited time

To help coordinators and coaches keep their team moving forward, The 10-Week Program, is a ten-week guide for coaches to help teams focus on important tasks. The 10-Week Program is based approximately on the amount of time a team would have if it began in winter for a mid-March competition, but remember it is merely a suggestion. The team should find what works best for them and their supporters.

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    Approximately ⅓ of your final calculated score is based on Spontaneous. Practice, practice, practice…AND…Have fun realizing that on-the-spot creativity can be helped along with advanced prep!
  • Good News! You Can Modify.
    This is when teams are re-evaluating their solutions in light of their experiences at their Qualifying Tournament. And yes, you have the opportunity to make adjustments to your solution given what you learned.
  • Time to Celebrate!
    Congratulations! You and your team did it! As you know by now, just getting your team to the tournament and overcoming all the challenges before, during and after competition is QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT!