The standards-based challenges have both long and short-term components.
In August of each year, Destination Imagination releases seven new challenges, pertaining to different subject matter areas that a team must solve. Teams then have until the date of their first tournament to work on the challenges. All challenges include a presentation portion, rehearsed or on the spot. The types of team challenges include technical, scientific, fine arts, improvisational, structural, service learning, and early learning challenges.
Students form teams of up to 7 members, select their preferred Challenge and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge.
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Team member: 5-7 people, with one teacher
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There is no application fee. However, the students have to pay for preparing the play for the competition.
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Here are two types of “problems” in Odyssey of the Mind: Long-Term Problems and Spontaneous Problems.
Long-Term Problems: Teams select their problem when they join the program and spend weeks or months to create and develop their solution. Each team member will find a role to play in the many stages of problem-solving including brainstorming, artwork, set design, technical design, writing sketches and etc. The solutions are presented in a live performance.
Spontaneous Problem: The team together solves a problem in a short period of time that is not revealed to them until they walk into the room.
Teams typically spend 2 to 4 months developing and practicing their Challenge solutions
3 application forms, some forms have to be re-submitted on Feb 11 or the day of the competition