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December 13, 2017
Odyssey of the Mind


Voorheesville High School students at the 2016 Odyssey of Mind competition  
The Voorheesville High School Odyssey of the Mind Team is pictured during the 2016 regional competition held at Shenendehowa High School East on March 5. 

John Florussen
Regional Director

(518) 464-5123,

Questions about team registration, judge or volunteer registration: Shelley Viola,

900 Watervliet-Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12

"The one constant thing is that we (kids and adults) learn from
the experiences and grow as a result. That's what the Odyssey is about and that's why I put myself through it year after year.
Cathi Butryn, Paige Elementary School Coach

The Odyssey of the Mind program teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems in a team setting.

Embedded in the process are 21st Century Skills such as Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Global Awareness, Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills, Self-Direction and Adaptability.

The Region 7 Odyssey of the Mind service instructs school coaches about the Odyssey of the Mind program, trains volunteers to judge the competition and produces the annual regional tournament. Membership in the state and national organizations is required for participation in this service. Regional first-place champions are eligible for the state competition; state champions are eligible for the world competition. Get CoSer and pricing details for this service.



Timeline for 2018 Tournament




"I was impressed with the Cobleskill team, they're just SO GOOD...the team is so down to earth. Our team ran into them after the competition outside and the two teams started talking about mistakes each had made and telling each other it didn't matter watching the two groups of teens who were competing against each other and didn't know one another treat each other so supportively truly impressed me not many adults behave that well! Thanks again for everything!" - Jacquie Carbone, Schenectady High School Coach 


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