Westbriar Elementary School PTA

Odyssey of the Mind teams at WES

2017/18 Odyssey of the Mind Teams are Now Forming 

Join us for informational session on September 14th, 2016 at 6:30 in the library.

What is Odyssey of the Mind?

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that teaches students creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process.

Odyssey of the Mind teams develop solutions to open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests – from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretations of literary classics.  The goal is to develop the most creative “out of the box” solution within a modest budget.  Teams present their solution in a humorous 8 minute skit.  At last year's competition we saw towers withstand a load of 800 pounds, giant sized talking backpacks, time travelling cats, boats rowed with hockey sticks, dazzling soda can dresses, and more.

Teams are free to pursue their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism.  Adult coaches act merely as facilitators and are discouraged from influencing the team's ideas.  The result is that all success the team has belongs 100% to the kids. The teaming skills and self-confidence this builds is why Odyssey has grown for over 35 years to more than 30 countries.

Who Should Do Odyssey of the Mind?

All children benefit from developing creative problem-solving techniques and team skills, but if your child has an interest in engineering, art, drama, writing, story-telling, building, or just having fun, Odyssey of the Mind is a great fit for them!Teams benefit from a wide range of skill sets and personality traits.

When, Where and How Often Does it Meet?

Meetings are once a week for 1.5 hours and will start at the end of September. They are held at a parent volunteer’s house at a time that is most convenient for all team members. As the competition approaches, there may be extra hours and meetings to make final preparations. The Regional competition is usually held on the 2nd Saturday in March at Oakton HS.

Contact Information

Teams are organized by grade (K-2 and 3-6) with a max of 7 kids per team. If you are interested in joining or being a coach/co-coach, please email Shawna.Garver@yahoo.com

Last year, Westbriar had several great teams and sent one to Nationals! We are looking forward to another great year! 


Sign-up will be posted soon

If you and/or your child are interested in participating in OotM for the 2017-2018 school year, please stay tuned as sign up will be available shortly on this page.  In the meantime, please email shawna.garver@yahoo.com if you are interested in signing up. 

Sign up for team participation will be on a first come basis, as the 
number of team slots are limited (each team can have a maximum of 6-7 children) and dependent on the number of coaches we have. For each team, we need at least one coach, but two coaches are ideal. 

Find out more about
this international
problem solving
program! Learn what it
takes to coach! Form a

INFORMATION SESSION on Thursday, Sept. 14th, 2016 from 6:30-7:30pm pm in the Westbriar Library.

ONLINE SIGN-UP TO JOIN ODYSSEY OF THE MIND (sign up if you are interested in having your child join a team).  

Once teams are formed and members finalized, you will be able to pay for OoTM Team registration here.

Coaches Needed

This is a great STEM program for your kids but to make it happen we really need volunteer Coaches!  Parents willing to coach will get preference for their child to be on a team. Training will be provided including working with past coaches who will be available as mentors/guides.  If you are interested in coaching please email Shawna Graver.

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