Mrs. Kerry Holtz

"Christ has confidence in young people and entrusts them with the very future of His mission" -Pope Francis

Odyssey of the Mind

The largest creative problem solving competition in the world!

Assumption School participates in the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition yearly. We have also been known to send a team or two to the state finals. In 2019 we were not only the State Champs, but sent a team to the World finals! In 2020 and 2021 we sent teams to the World Finals!!!! Sign-ups occur in the Fall, the regional competition is usually a Saturday at the end of February, State competitions take place in March. Parents receive service hours for coaching teams.

To get an idea of what the competition is all about, read the following passages from the Odyssey website…

“Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential. OotM proves that students can have fun while they learn.

Odyssey challenges students to go beyond conventional thinking and incorporate creative problem solving in learning. Creative Problem Solving is a skill that needs to be nurtured and developed. While a conventional education is important, learning to solve problems creatively and confidently gives them an important edge in their education and career goals.

Odyssey of the Mind has recognized the importance of many of the skills now emphasized in education today such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The program combines that with history and art and has encouraged learning these subjects through the Classics and performance problems. All OotM solutions require students to perform, not just the sciences, but the arts as well – whether it be set-building, costume-making, creating props, acting, singing, or playing an instrument. These skills are important to create a balanced education. Because they are doing something fun, students are eager to perform and develop self-confidence and public speaking skills along the way.”

For more information, visit www.odysseyofthemind.com