We do not teach OMers how to solve a Problem, we teach them how to be Problem Solvers! Each year, we release six original Long Term Problems – five competitive problems for students from kindergarten through college and one primary problem for K-2nd graders. There are two types of “problems” in Odyssey of the Mind: Long-Term Problems and Spontaneous Problems.
PART 1 - LONG TERM PROBLEMS
Technical: Teams are challenged to design and build innovative contraptios and incorporate artistic elements in their solutions.
Classics: Each year the creative challenge of this problem requires a solution that incorporates some element of the classical taken from either literature, architecture or art.
Structure: Teams design and build a structure using balsa wood and glue. They test it to determine how much weight it can support sometimes more than thousand pounds!
Performance: In this problem teams present performances that revolve around a specific theme and incorporate several required elements.
Part II - Spontaneous problem
A MAJOR COMPONENT - STYLE
Style can be art, music, dance, humor, engineering, costuming, creative writing, creative use of materials, and on and on.