Friday, October 12, 2012


Combine building props and technical devices, interesting costumes and live theater with problem-solving, brain-storming and team-work, add in some hard work, toss in TONS OF FUN and you end up with….Odyssey of the Mind. 

The Odyssey of the Mind program focuses on learning how to solve problems using each student’s creative talents and skills.  Teams of 5 -7 students are challenged to solve a Long-Term Problem over a period of several months, and then present their creative and unique solution before a panel of Judges at the annual Vermont State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament ( +Saturday, March 23, 2013at Champlain Valley UHS).  Teams ranking 1st and 2nd within their respective age divisions (Elementary, Middle, High‑School) and Long-Term Problems are invited to attend World Finals where they compete with teams from around the planet.  Several Chittenden East teams have attended World Finals in past years; a few have even emerged as Champions.

Problems range in focus to appeal to a variety of students.  This year’s Long-Term problems include:

·         Pet Project - teams must design, build, and run three vehicles that will deliver parts to an Assembly Area. The parts will be assembled into a pet animal which will perform a trick.
·         The Email Must Go Through – teams must create and present an original performance that includes a technical representation of three messages being sent by email - one that requires a return receipt, one with a work of art as an attachment, and one that goes through a SPAM filter.
·         ARTchitecture: The Musical - teams must create and present an original performance with music and choreography that includes a replica of a documented architectural structure that was built between 1,000 AD and 1,600 AD. The performance will include three works of art that "disappear" and two characters that go on a quest to find them.
·         Tumble-wood Teams will design and build a structure made of only balsa wood and glue that will balance and support as much weight as possible. Before weight placement begins, the team will present a commercial that includes the structure rolling down a ramp.
·         It's How You Look at It – teams must create and present an original humorous performance that includes two characters that act naturally -- to them -- but odd to those around them.

By participating, students not only have a FUNtastic time, but learn a variety of valuable life-long skills: thinking outside the box, creative problem-solving, working collaboratively….and so much more!

To get the season started...
RES Students and Parents are invited to attend an
Odyssey of the Mind Informational Meeting
Tuesday, October 23rd from 6:30 -7:30 pm at RES

Odyssey of the Mind at RES is open to all students in grades K -4 . Registration forms will be available at this meeting. If you have questions or are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Denise Noble at 434-8440 or  For additional information please contact Tim Perkins, VT Association Director at, 434-4738 or by visiting  

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