CONNECTICUT ODYSSEY OF THE MIND STATE TOURNAMENT TRIUMPHANTLY RETURNS
Over 40 Teams Compete in State Finals Tournament
WESTON, CT, March 21, 2022 – Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind (CTOM) brought creativity to life this past weekend, hosting its 41st annual CTOM Tournament at Southern Connecticut State University.
On March 19th, over 40 teams from across the state participated in the CTOM creative problem-solving competition. Imagine trying to build an original team-made vehicle that can help you escape from a room, build a Matryoshka structure made of only balsa wood and glue that holds as much weight as possible or produce a musical about a forgotten historic figure. These are some of the complex problems that students from across Connecticut took on as part of the 2022 Connecticut State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament.
“Odyssey is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students at every age,” explained CTOM Board President Mimi Owen, “We were so excited to welcome our competitors back in person after the pandemic forced a cancellation in 2020 and a virtual tournament in 2021.”
The CTOM program offers a hybrid learning environment that engages students through the integration of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), while teaching public speaking, collaboration and leadership. Students from elementary through high school have been working since September in teams of up to 7 students under the guidance of a volunteer coach to develop a long-term problem solution and practice spontaneous problem-solving in order to compete in this event. For forty-one years, this unique program has helped Connecticut teachers, parents and coaches generate excitement in their students and team members. By tapping into creativity, and encouraging imaginative paths to unique solutions, students learn 21st Century skills needed to succeed in the competition, as well as in school and throughout life.
Odyssey of the Mind teams develop a solution to one of five Long-Term Problems in categories such as constructing a vehicle, creating a new take on a classic, building a balsa wood structure, solving a mechanical dilemma or crafting a performance. Importantly, there’s a strict rule that the team accepts no outside assistance, which means that they cannot ask for or receive help, even from their coaches, teachers or parents. The solution is 100% created by the students.
Teams who finished in 1st or 2nd place of their problem and age division have received an invitation to participate in the 2022 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, being held in May at Iowa State University.