Odyssey of the Mind

Grades K-6

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from Kindergarten through college. Students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Last year 6 Wolftrap teams competed and one team achieved 3rd place in regional tournament!

Odyssey of the Mind program runs on volunteers and we are in need of coaches and assistant coaches.  If you are interested in coaching (and we will help you!) please let us know.

The program runs from October/November through March (or April if the team advances!).

Congratulations to the 2017 teams:

Seven Wolftrap teams participated in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Team on March 4, 2017 at Oakton High School.  These team members applied their critical thinking, team building and problem solving skills to produce an original performance or presentation in a variety of areas including: mechanical/vehicle, technical performance, classics, structure and performance.  Three of our Wolftrap teams received recognition at the awards ceremony following the event.


In addition to receiving the 3rd place award in Division I for their solution to the vehicle-based "Catch Us If You Can" problem, the team led by Coaches Schulenberg andYi also received the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award.  This award, named for the water strider insect, recognizes exceptional creativity.  The recognition was given for the team's performance during its Spontaneous competition.  As announced in the awards ceremony, "They discovered in the last few seconds of their solution time that they had not followed the instructions and adapted in a very creative, unique, and unexpected way.  This presented an extra challenge to the team in their overall solution.  The team was also invited to participate in State Level Championships held April 1 in Aldie, VA.


Coach Iyer's team received a 2nd place award for their robotics solution to the Odd-A-Bot problem in Division I.  Coach Feliciano's fourth grade team also received a 3rd place award for their structural engineering skills in the "Ready, Set, Balsa, Build!" problem in Division 1. 


The competition was fierce in the highly popular performance-based category.  "To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger", with 39 teams competing.  Coach McGrath's Division I team, consisting largely of first-time participants, presented a 'magical' performance.  The sixth grade team, led by Coaches Gowda and Pane, participated for the first time in Division II, which is comprised of team members in grades 6-8.

Two teams participated in the Primary Division (grades K-2).  Coach Tennyson and Coach Woolcock led their teams to solutions to the problem "Movin' Out".  While their division is not scored, team members gain valuable tournament experience with direction from their coaches to work together to present a solution to a problem consisting of multiple criteria.  As in all divisions, their solution is developed and executed only by members of the team -- without outside help from adults, friends or family members.

Want more information? Please see odysseyofthemind.com or www.novanorth.org.

Want to join? Register by logging into your account.  Then click on the "My Account" tab on the left side.  At that point, you'll be requested to provide your child's name, child's grade, teacher name, your name, phone number, and and your availability for meetings.  

Have questions before registering your child? Please send an email to odyssey@wolftrappta.org.