Entering their 37th year, the Pennsbury Odyssey of the Mind Association (POMA) will soon be kicking off another season in support of the Odyssey program.
Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) 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 competitions on the local, state and world level.
Thousands of teams from across the U.S and from approximately 25 other countries participate in the program annually.
Students have gained skills in the program that last a lifetime.
The problems given to the teams to work from are open-ended so students can incorporate their own interests and style into the development of the eight-minute skit they do to present their solution.
This is where creativity comes in and the possibilities are endless!
Students will work in teams of up to seven kids where they pool their diverse talents.
They learn to evaluate ideas and make decisions on their own while gaining greater self-confidence and increased self-esteem.
They learn cooperation and respect for the ideas of others.
They will learn to work within a budget so they can manage money.
And along the way, they often learn that there’s more than one way to solve a problem and that sometimes the process is more important than the end results!
Each year POMA works with all schools in the Pennsbury district to form and train coaches and teams to participate in the OotM program.
Over 20 teams from all school levels in the district were able to compete last year with five of these teams participating in the first ever virtual Worlds competition that was put in place due to the state shutdowns this past spring.
In September, POMA will again be helping form teams to participate in the program.
For more information as well as upcoming information and team formation days, visit www.pennsburyom.com.
Additional information on the Odyssey of the Mind program can be found at www.odysseyofthemind.com.
PHOTO CAP: Pennsbury High School team competing in the 2020 OotM Virtual Worlds Competition