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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:

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Bottle recycling

Your challenge is to say something about the bottles or improvise with them and show ways they could be used.

You have 1 minute to think and discuss the problem, and 5 minutes to give responses. You can talk and ask the judges questions during think time; however, time will continue. You are not allowed to talk to each other during response time.

 

There are various bottles on the table. You can use as many of them as you wish in your responses.

 

Your challenge is to say something about the bottles or improvise with them and show ways they could be used.

 

For example, you might say, “I could put a message in one of them” or you might put a bottle up to your mouth and say “I could use this as a trumpet.”

Before making a response you will place a response token in the container. Each team member may make as many or as few responses as they wish. More than one team member may use the bottle(s) as part of a single response.

You will be finished when response time ends or when you have used all of your response tokens.

Setup

Place a series of different bottles on the table

Place 35 response tokens and a container within reach of the team.

Scoring

You will receive:

1 point for each common response

5 points for each creative response

Debrief

Have the team video themselves.

Did the team use the bottles creatively or follow along with their usual associations?

Did the team take advantage of using more than one team member as part of a response?

Did the team manage time well?

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