PART 1: Your problem is to say what the worst thing that could happen in an Odyssey of the Mind competition is. After you have completed two rounds of responses, and given two answers each, or when time ends, there will be the second part of this problem.
PART 2: The next part of your problem is to say what the best that could happen in an Odyssey of the Mind competition is. Continue responding until time ends.
Make sure that each student has 10 cards for a total of 50 possible responses.
Give each team member 6 small objects, and place a bowl or container in the center of the table.
Be sure to give exactly one minute to think and three minutes to respond. Timing is critical. Students responding at the buzzer can finish and be scored.
You should repeat the problem for each team. You may answer questions during the one-minute thinking period.
Score: One point for each common response and three points for each creative.
Common Responses: Anything that might make an animal prettier or more useful in an ordinary way, such as giving a cat a pink coat to look pretty, giving giraffe wings to reach the tops of trees, etc.
Creative Responses: Any more humorous, unusual, or abstract changes, such as giving a pet dust mops for feet so he can dust the floors, or coloring an elephant with camouflage colors so he can hide in trees, etc.
NOTE: Once an answer is given and then another very similar answer is given, count it as common only and then declare any other answers that are basically the same as duplicates.
Your problem is to create a scene of one of the four seasons. You may present your scene in any way your team decides. You have 6 minutes in Part 1 to develop your solution and practice. Part 1 begins NOW
The judge starts the timer for Part 1, 6 minutes. At the end of Part 1, the team tells the judges the season they are presenting and the enhancement they are presenting. The judge then starts time and allows the team 3 minutes for Part 2.
For judges only:
Do not allow teams to use anything they may have on them as a prop.
The judge should repeat # 6, #7, and #8. Then say, “Time Begins.”
FOR JUDGES ONLY:
Use a large bowl or bag to contain the following objects and place on the table:
Demonstrate to the team by taking an item and then returning all 6 items at once when you read that portion of the problem.
All answers that relate to the sound effect in a way that might be the actual sound of a common object (rattle is a rattlesnake, plink of the rubber band is a guitar, etc.) are common answers.
Creative answers would be those that relate the sound to something humorous, unusual, or non-physical, such as plink of the rubber band is “my thoughts stretching to answer this question,” or rattle of the canister is “the knees of an audience watching Alfred Hitchcock.”