Who runs Keystone Oaks Odyssey of the Mind?
Jessica Dobson, a Dormont Elementary parent, is the OM coordinaor for the district. Feel free to email her at email@example.com.
Who can compete in Odyssey of the Mind?
All K-12 district students, including those in home or charter school are welcome.
Can a student from outside of Keystone Oaks compete on our team?
Yes, but only if the student from another district goes to a school that does not compete in Odyssey of the Mind. Also, a letter of acknowledgement from the principals of both schools must be sent to the Regional competition.
How much does it cost?
Participation is free of cost for students K - 2 participating in the Primary Division. For all students competing in Division 1 - 3, the cost is $40 per student and $30 for each sibling. We are very appreciative of the Keystone Oaks School Distrcit being extremely supportive of Odyssey of the Mind, and covering the majority of costs up to the State Championship level. We usually hold 3 - 4 fundraisers that cover the remainder of the costs. In the event that teams qualify for the World Championship, we'll have to hold additional fundraisers, or ask parents to chip in. We haven't had a team advance to the World Finals since the 90s, so we're looking forward to our next World Qualifier!
My team doesn't have a judge or volunteer, can we compete?
No. In fact, the team will not be registered until the coach fills out the registration form and emails it to the KO Odyssey email address, with judge and volunteer identified.
My team wants to compete in Spontaneous Fun Day, what do we need to do?
All teams are welcome to compete in the yearly Spontanesou Fun Day and it's a great tune up before the regional tournament. In order to compete in Spontaneous Fun Day, the coach must identify a Spontaneous Judge that will go to Judge's training and judge at Spontaneous Fun Day. All teams that compete must bring a trained Spontaneous Judge. Once you've recrutied a judge just let Jess know and she'll register your team.
What is the time commitment for Odyssey of the Mind?
The amount of time spent, and when/where to meet and practice is completely up to the team and coach. The only mandatory Odyssey of the Mind Event, is the Western PA Regional Tournament, which is always the first Saturday in March. As soon as the school year starts, teams can begin to meet, prepare, and practice. Most teams meet once per week as a group, and then assign tasks/projects to be completed as individuals or in smaller sub-groups. That way, the team members can choose when to work on it. OM is usually pretty light in the fall and then gets busy after the first of the year. The last two weeks are usually a mad rush of paint, cardboard, glue, wood, costumes, music and tears. We call it Crunch Time, it's a blast.
How is KO Odyssey different this year due to the pandemic?
This year, Odyssey of the Mind will be holding competitions, but the PA state OM board hasn't decided exactly how it will work. As of October, 2020, the state is planning on allowing teams to register for both in-person competitions and virtual, that way if in-person is allowed, the competition can happen. A virtual option will also be provided regardless of whether or not in-person happens. In the event that the competition is only virtual, the in-person teams will just compete virtually as well. Parents and students can feel free to form teams and fill out the registration form as normal. This year, the KO deadline for registration is December 10, 2020. Feel free to reach out to Jessica Dobson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.