At last year’s tournament, a team from Tamarac Secondary School presents a solution to “To Be Continued…”

The 2018 Region 4 Odyssey of the Mind tournament is scheduled for March 10, 2018 at Rensselaer City School District. While the date may seem far off, volunteer recruiting begins now! There are many opportunities to volunteer to help the day run smoothly – registration, door keepers, merchandise sales and more. Opportunities are available for a few hours, the full day of the tournament and more. There is also a need for judges for each of the problems teams will solve that day.

Signing up to be a judge does require a small amount of training. Judges must attend the training session February 3, 2018 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Capital Region BOCES in Albany.

Thanks to the time our volunteers give, Odyssey of the Mind is able to offer creative problem solving opportunities that develop the great minds of our future.

“Odyssey of the Mind Tournaments would not happen without help from our judges and volunteers.  Judges and volunteers have the opportunity to see student creativity and problem solving at its best and participate at a fun and exciting learning event,” said Odyssey Regional Director Kerrie Burch.

At least one team from Rensselaer, Columbia, or Greene County has advanced to the World Finals every year for the past decade, including 12 in the past five years alone, with three advancing in 2014, one in 2015, three in 2016, and one in 2017.

Teams must offer original and creative solutions to open-ended problems in less than eight minutes. One of this year’s problems involves telling the story of a long-forgotten emoji. Volunteer judges will score the team for creativity. You can see all six problems teams can choose here.

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For more information on the Region 4 Tournament, visit our website.


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