Odyssey of the Mind at Imagine Firestone

The 2017 Regional Tournament was Saturday March 18th at Mead High School - 

congratulations to all of our teams that competed at the Tourney!

Congratulations to our Odyssey team, advancing to the State Tournament!

March 18, 2017


Imagine Firestone has had the good fortune to have teams from our school reach World Finals every year of our program!  We think it is because our kids are exceptionally creative and know the benefits of teamwork, though we may be a bit biased.  Odyssey parents have told us that participating in Odyssey was the best thing their child could have done to prepare for 'life' - it teaches teamwork, budgeting, craftsmanship, perseverance, and public speaking in a fun and creative way.


    

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of students from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

 

How do students benefit from participation? In Odyssey of the Mind, students learn skills that will last a lifetime. They work in teams so they learn cooperation and respect for the ideas of others. They evaluate ideas and make decisions on their own, gaining greater self-confidence and increased self-esteem along the way. They work within a budget, so they learn to manage their money. They learn that there’s often more than one way to solve a problem, and that sometimes the process is more important than the end result.



Brief History of Odyssey of the Mind

2016-2017 Omer Parent Handbook

Odyssey Student-Parent Contract



Interested?

If you are interested in Odyssey of the Mind please look a program flyer in the next few weeks.  If you would consider becoming a coach or a co-coach, please contact Lori Olson, Odyssey Building Coordinator, at lori.olson@imagineschools.org.  The number of teams we can support is limited only by the number of coaches - so please consider coaching.  Colorado Odyssey provides coaching advice and support, and there are several 'veteran' coaches to seek out for advice.



Important dates for the 2016-2017 Odyssey of the Mind season:


Information night:  September 15, 6:30 pm in the school gym

Sign ups Due:  September 30th, sign up form and fee payment* due in the school office

Team Kick-Off night:  October 20th, 6:30 pm in the school gym

Regional Tournament:  March 18th, 2017 - We are in the Longs Peak region.

State Tournament:  April 8, 2017 - No Spring Break conflict this year! (but check the 8th grade trip dates please)

World Finals:  May 24-28, 2018, East Lansing, Michigan



*Please note - there is a $100 non-refundable program fee for each student participating in Odyssey of the Mind.  This fee pays for program registration, Regional and State (though not Worlds) tournament registration, and supplies for the team during the program year.  Because this is an extracurricular program and the fees entirely support the costs of the program, we cannot offer scholarships or reduced fees for participation. 



Our teams would welcome your financial help.  The cost for the tournament is approximately $5000 per team, excluding travel costs.  Please consider sponsoring a team’s participation in the World competition.  All donations/sponsorships are tax deductible, the school’s tax ID is 26-1347003.  We prefer checks/money orders be mailed to the school (no fees) but if it is more convenient for you, we can accept credit card donations over the phone or in the office, or you may use the PayPal link below.  On any donation. please indicate if the donation is to a specific team member, team, or the program as a whole.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!