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State Director Posts Open Letter To DI Teams After Global Finals Costs Skyrocket!

December 7th, 2018 By Calla

Dec. 7th, 2018

 

Hello Colorado Destination Imagination Schools and Districts

 

It is unfortunate that your cost to attend Global Finals has just skyrocketed! If you were to participate in Odyssey of the Mind this year you would pay 48% less per team to attend World Finals than DI teams are being asked to spend to participate in Global Finals. Plus Odyssey of the Mind’s World Finals is on-campus, includes food and lodging, and all activities. Plus Odyssey of the Mind’s World Finals on-campus options including food and lodging are even less! On average, participating in Destination Imagination costs about 250%-300% more at the local level than participating in Odyssey of the Mind – check out our comparison sheet.

 

In fact, Odyssey of the Mind has deliberately kept its membership price the same ($135 – which allows for multiple teams) so that more young people can benefit from creative problem solving. If you’re a school or district whose budgets have been asked to do more with less, there is a better, more economical and original choice in Odyssey of the Mind. I encourage you to consider joining as a new member or if you want to make the switch this year and have already paid your DI registration fees – no worries, Odyssey of the Mind will accept your transfer at no charge this year – learn how here.

 

We don’t want cost and this last minute announcement deter you from participating in a creative problem solving program. We encourage you to continue your creative problem solving adventure and join the world’s very first and longest-running (40 years this year) creative problem solving organization: Odyssey of the Mind!

 

Sincerely,

 

Calla Pott

State Association Director

Colorado Odyssey of the Mind

 

Learn more about the difference between the two programs – OM vs. DI: What’s The Difference

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PIN CONTEST – HURRY TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

November 25th, 2018 By Calla

We need your ideas to design this year’s 2018-2019 state pin which will also be placed on the t-shirt. Download the entry form and submit by Dec. 1st!

Pin Contest Entry Form

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Spontaneous & Skill Building Workshops

November 10th, 2018 By Calla

Come enjoy and learn creative problem solving skills with challenging hands on and verbal hands on problems. Registration will open on Nov. 15th at 12 noon and teams can choose from 2 different dates and 2 different 90 minute sessions. Teams, coaches and parents will get an inside look of spontaneous competition while learning new approaches to solving those unique problems. Team members will develop out of the box thinking, identify different uses for common materials and teamwork skills. Teams also will learn the importance of taking a minute or two to brainstorm ideas and develop a plan to solve the problem. Visit the event information on our Calendar menu to register and learn more.

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PIN CONTEST TIME!

November 1st, 2018 By Calla

Calling all Omers to design the this year’s Colorado Odyssey state pin. Download the entry form and submit by Dec. 1st! Artistic skills not required – send us your ideas. Check out our pins from past years below and you can choose to include Omer or not – it’s up to you!

Pin Design Entry Form

2013-2014 CO Odyssey Pin

2012-2013 CO Odyssey Pin

2011-2012 CO Odyssey Pin

2010-2011 CO Odyssey Pin

 

 

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COACHES TRAINING – COME JOIN THE FUN!

September 15th, 2018 By Calla

Come join us for a half day of fun filled experiential coaches training! One coach from each team is required to attend a half day session. In addition, all first year coaches are required to attend one webinar the week prior. This helps you have a solid understanding of the program before attending the classroom session and allows your classroom training to be filled with experiential learning activities. Please visit our Coaches Menu on the Colorado Odyssey website for more information and to register!

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INFORMATION MEETINGS IN YOUR AREA

September 8th, 2018 By Calla

Attend one of many Information Meetings in your area to learn more about Odyssey of the Mind and having your children involved with the program! We encourage parents to bring their children because we’re all about the kids! We will conduct some spontaneous problems for kids to participate in and see what all the fun is about and yes, we will have some PowerPoint slides and handouts for parents to learn more. Meetings usually last about 1 hour +. More are being added weekly so check back for updates to this post. Don’t see one in your area? No problem, just contact one of our Regional Directors to schedule one for your school community.

 

Longs Peak – Teri Keeler – longspeak@coloradoodyssey.org

Mt Evans – Paula Avis – mtevans@coloradoodyssey.org

Poudre River – Catherine Pawlikowski – poudreriver@coloradoodyssey.org

 

Poudre River

Tuesday, Sept 19 – Kruse Elementary 6 pm
Thursday, Sept 21 – Dunn Elementary 6 pm
Monday, Oct 2 – Riffenburgh Elementary 6:30 pm
Thursday, Oct 5 – Tavelli Elementary, Time TBD
Thursday, Oct 12 – McGraw Elementary, Time TBD
Monday, Oct 16 – O’Dea Elementary 6 pm
Tuesday, Oct 25 – Bennett Elementary, 6 pm
Thursday, Oct 26 – Liberty Common 6:30 pm
Monday, Oct 30 – Webber MS 2:50-3:30 – Students
Monday, Nov 6 – Webber MS 6:00 pm – Parents

Longs Peak

Wednesday, Sept 20 – Central Elementary  6:30 pm
Thursday, Sept 21 – Erie Elementary, Middle and High School at Erie HS 6:30 pm
Friday, Sept 29 – Altona Middle School 4:00 pm
Friday, Oct 6 – Brentwood Middle School 4:00 pm
Friday, Oct 6 – Aspen Ridge Prep 3:45 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 10 – Niwot High School, 2:45 pm
Mt Evans
Wednesday, Oct 25 – Westgate Community School, Thornton 6:30 pm
Monday, Oct 30 – Colorado Springs School Districts – Banning Lewis Ranch Academy 6:30 pm
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WELCOME BACK COACHES, COORDINATORS & TEAMS!

August 1st, 2018 By Calla

Odyssey season is just around the corner! Check out this year’s  Problem Synopsis under Quick Links to rev up your creative thinking skills to solve the really cool problems this year. Also stay tuned for coaches training dates, announcements and more.

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Enjoy The Summer

June 1st, 2018 By Calla

Colorado Odyssey will be on Summer Break till Aug. 1st and we will be checking email periodically during this time. In the meantime, check out the Long Term Problem Synopsis for next year under our Quick Links and fun & interesting posts on our Facebook page over the summer. We look forward to seeing coaches, coordinators and teams in the fall.

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2018-2019 PROBLEM SYNOPSIS CHECK IT OUT!

May 5th, 2018 By Calla

Curious about next year’s problems? Check out the 2018-2019 Problem Synopsis!

 

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Congratulations to our Julie Farr Scholarship Recipient

April 10th, 2018 By Calla

In memory of long-time Colorado Odyssey of the Mind supporter, Julie Farr, we are pleased to offer a $500 scholarship award. To read more about Daniell’s accomplishment, visit the Julie Farr Scholarship page.

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