Please Note: These are not official Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous problems but are supplied here as training tools for improving teams spontaneous skills. Official practice problems can be found if you purchase the books of spontaneous problems and sample problems can also be found on the Odyssey of Mind website.
Current Verbal/Hands-on challenge:
The Secret Life of Pets
Your challenge is to create three different pets and then tell a story about their secret life
This is a 2-part verbal / hands-on challenge.
This is a two-part problem. In Part I, you will have 4 minutes to think, discuss the problem, and create a solution. You will be warned when 1 minute and when 30 seconds remain. You can ask the judges questions; however, time will continue. You can talk to each other at any time.
You will use only the materials on the table to create your solution. Nothing else can be used, and you cannot use the scissors as part of your solution.
Your challenge in Part I is to create three different pets.
When Part I ends, you will place the three pets on the table.
In Part 2 you will have 3 minutes to give responses. Speak loudly and clearly. Once time begins it will not be stopped, even if a judge asks you to repeat a response, or to clarify it, or to give a more appropriate response.
There are 30 tokens in front of you. Before making a response, you will place a token in the container on the table.
You can respond in any order. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the tokens run out.
Your challenge in Part 2 is to tell a story about the secret life of these pets.
Provide a pair scissors, a black magic marker and the following materials.
1” cube of clay
1 24” x 12” square of aluminum foil
9 pipe cleaners
2 8 1/2” x 11” sheets of colored paper
1 string, 24”
10 cotton balls
12 cotton swabs
2 unsharpened pencils
6 large paper clips
2 plastic cups, 8-12 oz.
The scissors and marker cannot be part of the team’s solution.
Place the tokens for responding within reach of the team.
You will receive 1 point for each common response, 3 points for each creative response, and 5 points for
each highly creative response.
Did the team plan how the pets would be different ?
Did the team use the provided materials in creative ways?
How could the presentation of the pets' secret lives have been more creative?