And the Winner is….

After feverish voting over the past few weeks, the following design was selected as the winner of our t-shirt contest.  Not only does it capture the spirit of Odyssey of the Mind beautifully, it features a snazzy front and an out of this world back!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to purchase this year’s t-shirt by printing out the Odyssey T-shirt order form 2018 and returning it to the NoVa East OM treasurer by JANUARY 17th!


Vote for Your Favorite T-Shirt


This year we’ve decided to try something new and exciting!  Each team has the opportunity to vote for their favorite t-shirt design!  Just click on the link below for the opportunity to see our final four designs and enter your team’s top choice.  Make your selections by December 1st.  Once the votes are in, the winning design will be announced on this site, along with information about how teams can order their own 2018 NoVa East t-shirts!


Coaches’ Training Tomorrow – November 4, 2017!

Coaches’ Training TomorrowNovember 4, 2017!
We have made some changes to our training this year.

1.  Coaches’ will all receive a packet with information.

2.  Powerpoint will be used for some of our sessions.

3.  Two coaches whose teams went to World Finals will be leading the Beginning Coaches’ sessions.

4.  Primary teams will be invited to stay for the style, creativity, and spontaneous sessions which will be helpful so they can see what Odyssey of the Mind lead to.

Time: 8:00-12:30


The address is:

Countdown to Coaches’ Training

NoVA East Odyssey of the Mind will be hosting a COACHES’ TRAINING session on November 4th.  Registration will open at 8:00 AM and the opening session will kick off at 8:20 AM.   St. Louis Catholic School (located at 2901 Popkins Lane, Alexandria, 22306) has generously agreed to host the training session once again.

There will be a variety of breakout sessions throughout the day.  You’ll learn about the history of Odyssey of the Mind, have an opportunity to practice all three kinds of Spontaneous Problems, get lots of tips on improving Style, and become familiar with each of this year’s long term problems.  There will be coffee and other treats to start your day off right, and the training promises to wrap up around 12:30 PM.  And all for the low, low cost of $25!


Now that the OM season is underway, you’re likely to have lots of questions.  We’re working on a new page for this site with answers to all of them!  Just check out the FAQS page!  There’s only one question there now, but we’ll be building it over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back!


REMINDER:  The Novaeast Region 11 Odyssey of the Mind Coordinators’ Meeting is tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Campbell E.S. Check below for more details!

We’re Back! And It’s Time to Meet!

School Coordinators:
The Novaeast Odyssey of the Mind Coordinators’ Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Campbell Elementary School, 737 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA  22204.
The parking lot and school entrance are in the back near the playground.  Follow the covered walkway to the main entrance.  At this time you will hear an overview of how to get Odyssey of the Mind rolling at your school, and we will be accepting payment for the school memberships to Odyssey of the Mind at the reduced rate of $100. Regular membership fees at $135 and can be send directly to CCI or paid online if you prefer.
If you come to the meeting, please print out the registration form and bring it or you may fill out one when you arrive.
Checks must be made out to CCI (Creative Competitions, Inc.).  Checks may also be mailed to Pamela Clark, 3229 S. Utah St. Arlington, VA  22206, but they must be postmarked by September 29th.  She will be sending the bundle to CCI the first week of October.  She must have at least 11 checks to send in order to qualify for the reduced rate of $100 for those teams.

World Results

The Odyssey of the Mind World Competition is now complete and teams from Region 11 had an incredible showing!!!

Gunston Middle School represented us in Problem 1, Catch Us If You Can, Division 3.  They captured 11th place at the World Finals.

Gunston Middle School Buddhist Wong Wan Tin College
Gunston Middle School team with their Buddy Team from Buddhist Wong Wan Tin College in Hong Kong
 In 9th place in the world, representing Problem 5, To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger, Division 2, was the Region 11 team from George Washington Middle School.
GW Odyssey Team
George Washington Middle School’s OM team just before their long term presentation.  Did they know they were destined for a spot in the top ten in the world??
 Our region sent a team from Lorton Station Elementary School to represent us in Problem 3, It’s Time, OMER, Division 1.  They captured an amazing 5th place finish.

Lorton Station
The team from Lorton Station Elementary School is all smiles as they prepare for its experience at the World Finals!

And last, but by no means least, earning FIRST PLACE IN THE WORLD:  the MacArthur Elementary School team solving Problem 5, To Be Continued:  A Superhero Cliffhanger, Division 1.  To read all about their accomplishment, check out the Alexandria City Public Schools Express.

MacArthur Elementary’s World Champion Team!

Super job, everybody!  For all the results from World Finals, click here:  RESULTS 2017  Are you inspired by these incredible kids?  Think you might want to be involved next year?  Then check out the 2018 Long Term Problems.  They’re posted in the “Problem Synopses” section of this website!