Kimberly Gold

Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament is Coming to Conejo Valley

Westlake High School to host all-day competition

Around the world for the last five months, teams of up to seven students have been creating a solution to one of five long term problems, as well as spending endless hours practicing spontaneous questions.     

On Saturday, February 25th 96 teams (comprised of 607 K-12 students) will bring all their hard work to Westlake High School for an all-day Odyssey of the Mind competition. The LA Basin Odyssey of the Mind Regional competition consists of schools from Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County. Winners will continue to the state Odyssey of the Mind competition at the end of March.   

There are 30 teams from Conejo Valley Unified School District that will be completing, including teams from the following schools:

Elementary

  • Aspen Elementary 
  • Banyan Elementary 
  • EARTHS Magnet 
  • Lang Ranch Elementary 
  • Madrona Elementary 
  • Walnut Elementary 
  • Westlake Elementary 

Middle

  • Redwood Middle
  • Sequoia Middle
  • Los Cerritos Middle 

High

  • Newbury Park High 


CVUSD is very proud to host the tournament with the support of Conejo Schools Foundation.  This is the first time that the regional tournament has been held outside of LA County.    

Odyssey of the Mind is an internationally acclaimed  educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply creativity and critical thinking to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition at the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from the U.S. and about 25 other countries participate in the program. 

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What makes Odyssey different?

Odyssey of the Mind is a competitive program, but it's nothing like your typical sporting event. The competitive element encourages kids to be the best that they can be, but it's a friendly competition. Kids learn from and even cheer on their competitors. Odyssey of the Mind is not a college bowl or a competition about knowledge. It's all about creativity, an often overlooked element in the growth and development of many students. Kids are rewarded more for how they apply their knowledge, skills and talents, and not for coming up with the right answer. In fact, in Odyssey of the Mind problems, there isn't one right answer. Ever.

How are teams judged in competition?

Thousands of volunteers from around the world judge the competitions and serve in various positions to help make the tournaments a success. Teams are scored for their long-term problem solution, how well they solve a "spontaneous" problem on the spot, and "style" -- the elaboration of their long-term problem solution. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

This program is run solely by volunteers.  High school students and adults are invited to volunteer for 2, 4 or 6 hours.  Volunteers can sign-up here


For more INFORMATION about the program, please visit:

OotM: www.odysseyofthemind.com

California: www.calomer.org   

LA Basin: www.laodyssey.org


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