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  • Odyssey of the Mind COACHES TRAINING 2014 OKLAHOMA
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  • Why should you trust me? 8 years as an OotM team member 2ish first place finishes at World Finals 2 years as a coach On State and Stillwater Board
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  • What is Odyssey of the Mind? Team-driven creative problem solving competition Team-driven Creative Problem solving Competition
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  • That definition lacks some words Fun Hard Work Stimulating Educational Confidence Boosting Cathartic
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  • What is Odyssey specifically? Four divisions in Odyssey Primary: K,1 st,2 nd grade Division I: 1 st -5 th grade Div. II: 6 th -8 th grade Div. III: 9 th -12 th grade Div. IV: collegiate Three major parts to Odyssey Long Term200 points Style50 points Spontaneous100 points
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  • Long Term Problem 8 minute skit that obeys specific criteria Worked on entire year 5 different problems Problem 1- Vehicle Problem 2- Technical Problem 3- Classics Problem 4- Balsa wood Problem 5- Performance
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  • Vehicle Problem Alternates between large and small vehicles Vehicles have to complete certain tasks
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  • Runaway Train Up to 3 vehicles Travel on tracks to stations Overcome obstacles from a list Humorous conductor character Victory lap with banner
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  • Technical Problem Build devices to perform specific tasks
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  • Experiencing Technical Difficulties Create at least 3 devices operated by rubber bands Eachs function different Complete 7 required tasks Ring bell Raise a flag Open book, etc Technical Failure which must be fixed Mysterious Engineer Character EVERYTHING MUST FIT IN TWO SUITCASES
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  • Classics Problem Performance based around classic works Art, literature, architecture, history, etc.
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  • Pandoras Box Video game retelling of Pandoras Box Prologue with Representation of the box A Gamer Character Multi-level video game 3 avatars that represent a different evil Power meter Hope
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  • Balsa Wood Problem Teams build balsa wood structures to hold as much weight as possible Scoring for Balsa wood is crazy* *My opinion
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  • Lose Your Marbles Structure holds as much weight as possible Starts with 5 marbles in structure Device removes part of structure, releases marble Integrate weight placement and losing your marbles into performance
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  • Performance Problem Large emphasis on performance elements (humor, stage presence, etc) Generally some kind of quest with 3 tasks
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  • Silent Movie Show a silent movie being made in present time Explain why Director Movie Critic Humorous Villain Character 3 silly acts of villainy Subtitles Musical score Short trailer
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  • Style Complements Long Term problem Found in back of Long Term 5 scoring categories, 10 points each 2 dictated to you: Visual appearance, creative use of a material 2 Free Choice 1 Overall Effect of the four Style elements in the performance Things that make you go WOW! Doesnt have to be tangible
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  • Spontaneous Completely independent of Long Term No coach present, go into a room and do a problem 3 types of problems Verbal Verbal-hands on Hands on Total secrecy about the problem Only 5 team members can participate
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  • Spont Problems then break
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  • Duties of a Coach Scheduler Facilitator determine goals helps them read and understand the problem helps team keep track of tasks and deadlines takes notes (remind them of their previous ideas) leads brainstorming sessions (without injecting ideas) explains scoring brings in experts to discuss & teach skills Teacher Asks QUESTIONS Assists team in developing a timeline for projects Spontaneous practice (practice often, variety, strategies) Forms (helps Primary and Division I teams fill out forms) Go-fer (takes team members to store for supplies) Snack Organizer (fuel for busy minds) Mentor Stresses out on teams account
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  • Outside Assistance As a coach, you are in control of the team, not the solution. Nobody is allowed to help with the problem in any way. No giving them ideas, no telling them their ideas are good/bad, etc. The solution is the TEAMS design, their work, their performance, and their score. The TEAM is responsible for what they do, NOT the coach. Show team how to safely use equipment NOT on their stuff
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  • Clarifications When you dont understand part of the problem General Clarifications Team-Specific Clarifications Due before Feb. 15 th Submit on OdysseyoftheMind.comOdysseyoftheMind.com
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  • Dissecting a problem INTRODUCTION THE PROBLEM LIMITATIONS SITE, SETUP COMPETITION SCORING PENALTIES STYLE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR WILL PROVIDE TEAM WILL PROVIDE
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  • Problem 3- 2 years ago Read through problem Talk about problem Look at forms View solution View solution Talk about judging long term/style
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  • Forms: Style 3 copies Cant be anything already scored in Long Term BE SPECIFIC 1 and 2 are dictated by problem 3 and 4 are free choices 5 is a bit of writing to make the judges score them well
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  • Forms: Material Values (Cost) One copy List everything used during your presentation Go through script and think of all props, etc used during a scene Combine small items (Cardboard, duct tape, paint) Exemptions (Program Guide p.46-48) Doesnt include items not used in presentation Expensive items $5
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  • Forms: Outside Assistance One copy Coaches can assist Div. I teams in filling out forms, but must use teams words. If there was OA, list on form, may receive penalty
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  • Forms: Team Required List 3 copies * Tells the judges what to score * ^^^IMPORTANT Vary from problem to problem NOT ON OotM WEBSITE, IN PROBLEM
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  • Problem 3- 2 years ago Read through problem Talk about problem Look at forms View solution View solution Talk about judging long term/style
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  • How to register for competition Odysseyofthemind.com Odysseyofthemind.com Member area Register for competition Make sure you spell team members names properly Dec 15, 2014: $140 per team and 2 coaches Jan 15, 2015: $175 per team and 2 coaches
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  • Competitions 3 Competitions Super Regionals- Feb. 28, Sequoyah Middles School, Edmond State- March 28, Oklahoma State Student Union World Finals- May 20-23, Michigan State University, East Lansing Div I teams perform in the morning, higher divisions later Spont all day Go to holding room ~15 minutes before hand Somebody will take the team to judges, theyll come out ~15 min later
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  • In the spont room (how to solve a spont problem) Verbal, verbal/hands on- 5 desks set up with response cards Hands on- everything pushed to side with materials in middle Procedure: You have 1 min to select members of your team who participate Judges read problem through twice Time starts now Ask questions about problem Strategize for solution Perform solution Judges congratulate you, leave
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  • Competitions (cont) Youll probably need to fix stuff before Long Term performance Find area in hall near problem, set up, work, dont block traffic Meet with Staging Area Judge at least 15 min before you perform Give them forms, etc Perform for an audience of adoring fans Move your stuff away Enjoy rest of day! (WATCH OTHER TEAMS- ESP. DIV III)
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  • Placement Top 6 teams per problem per division advance from Super Regionals to State 2 teams per problem per division advance to World Competition Scores are a combination of all three scoring categories put together Special Awards OMER Award Ranatra fusca Award Ranatra fusca award winners advance automatically to World
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  • End of survival information!
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  • What teams should be doing now Selecting Problems Showing them previous solutions to let them know what OotM is. Thoroughly reading through problem Brainstorming ideas for the solution When they have a good idea, go through problem looking for scoring criteria Start writing script Start working on costumes, props, backgrounds, etc. Clarifications
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  • Closer to competition Finish script Read through script, make changes Look through problem, does script earn points? Look at style: Are we working on the 2 required items? Work on solution 1 week out Scramble to finish everything PERFORM RUNTHROUGHS, speak loudly, block Memorize script Do forms!
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  • Practicing Spontaneous Tons of resources in handout At first, have everybody participate, narrow down closer to competition Great to do verbal as teams come in/snack time Dont forget about Spont when you get closer to competition! You can do sponts formally