WELCOMe

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem solving program and competition for students in grades K-college.  It fosters teamwork, divergent thinking, risk-taking, creativity - and much more!  Students work in small teams and solve open-ended problems.  They learn to think on their feet, analyze results, & see things differently!   It's FUN & CHALLENGING.  If you've never done Odyssey of the Mind before, this is your year to start!

Thank You!

Events

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Zoom Link for all online events

 

COORDINATOR KICK-OFF

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Tips on Getting Your Program Underway

September 29, 2022

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Zoom Call

Please LINK to register 

Get the latest updates on the Odyssey program, "getting started" discussion for new memberships, and Q & A to jump start your programs!

ODYSSEY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION & TRAINING

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Moderated Q & A / Training - Virtual

#1  Oct. 18 - focus on coaches & coordinators

#2  Nov. 15 - focus on coaches

#3  Dec. 13 - focus on coaches

#4  Jan.10   - focus coaches & coordinators

#5  Jan. 24  - focus on judges

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Zoom Call

Please link to RSVP

Monthly meetings for coaches and coordinators looking for insight, guidance, tips, and much more.  We'll answer all your questions.  Experienced coaches/coordinators on hand. 

                           

                          Coming 2023: Judge Roundtable

Highly recommended for all Judges to understand the basics and requirements of being a judge and representing their team!

New Event!

Balsa Build Workshop

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Coach Only Workshop

October 29

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Northgate Senior HS

Zoom Call will be offered.  This program will not be recorded

Please LINK to register

                           The goal is to demystify Problem 4 and get coaches up to speed on how to coach balsa. The facilitators will not discuss this year's balsa problem - no outside assistance! If your team is considering balsa - if you are curious how to approach balsa - please join us on this call!

New Event!

COACH TRAINING #1

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Novice to Advanced Coach Training Sessions

November 12, 2022

8:30 am start

Upper St. Clair HS - Theater Entrance

Please LINK for information and registration

Coach Training is a great resource for coaches and anyone, really, who wants to know more about Odyssey. It is a wonderful day to learn from our region’s "experts." Training sessions in Style, Long Term and Spontaneous.  Plus Q & A and open discussion.

JUDGE TRAINING

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Mandatory training session for all judges,

February 4, 2023

9:30 am or as determined  by your PC

Location: Robert Morris University

6001 University Blvd., Moon Twp, PA 15108

Please LINK for registration, schedule, & parking info

Mandatory training for all Long Term and Spontaneous judges who will be judging at the WPA Regional Competitions or Spontaneous Fun Day.  Get in-depth knowledge from your Regional Problem Captain and learn what is expected on competition day.

COACH TRAINING #2

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Competition Edition: from team paperwork to competition logistics

February 7, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Virtual Training

Please LINK for registration

Coaches & Coordinators are invited to attend this very informative Coach training session. This session will focus on navigating the competition.  We’ll cover team required forms, final practice tips, general updates and Q & A.  Experienced coaches will be on hand to answer any questions. 

SPONTANEOUS FUN DAY

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February 18, 2023

details TBD

Please LINK for registration

Practice spontaneous problems and get feedback from experienced coaches and OMers! 

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March 4, 2023

7:30 am - 7:00 pm

with in-person Awards Ceremony!

tentative Location: Keystone Oaks MS/HS

1000 Kelton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Please LINK to register your team and judges by Jan. 15

The Big Day! In-Person Competition!  Teams compete in Spontaneous and Long-Term.  Watch their performances, visit the fun zone, get some OM Merch.  Plus, food, raffles, photo ops and more.  Returning for 2023... in-person sock hop and awards ceremony starting at 4:00 pm!

COACH TRAINING #3

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Movin' On Up: Training for Advancing Coaches

Wednesday, March 8

Time: 7:00 pm

Zoom call

Please LINK to register

Zoom LINK to join meeting

Group presentations and open Q & A forum.  This coach session is for all teams advancing to State Finals.  Casual round table format brings experienced and new coaches together to discuss all things related to preparing for and competing in State Finals!

PA STATE OotM TOURNAMENT

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April 1, 2023

Lock Haven University

Time: 7:00 am

State competition day! Compete against the best of the Regions across the State!

Odyssey of the Mind WORLD FINALS

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World Finals!

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Jan. 15     Deadline - 11:59 PM - to register to a WPA Regional Competition

Feb. 15     Deadline to submit a clarification request.

Bring Odyssey of the Mind to your Students This Year!

KEEP IN TOUCH

We're here to Help
 
Regional Directors
Angela Melton, 412.848.1342
Susan Rosati,  412.418.9117
regionaldirector.w@paodyssey.com

Connect to problem captains, event coordinators, etc.