2020 NOVA EAST Spontaneous Week 3

  • Each week, we will send out a spontaneous problem for your team to try. 
  • After running the problem, we encourage your team to select their favorite 3 responses to our google form and we will choose a few of the best examples to share with our region.
  • Use this Google Form for your answers: https://forms.gle/roB8qrgyynMG52Ac6
  • Answers for this week are due by midnight December 6, 2020. 
  • Most creative selections will be posted by December 9, 2020.

The problem this week is:

King Purrs-Alot

There is an image in front of you. Your problem is to say something about the image or tell what the character in the image might say. For example, you might say, “I like his bowtie” or “Tell my servants to change my litterbox”

Hints for coaches:

  1. The coach should practice typing students’ responses. You could use a shared google response so team members can see the responses in real time.
  2. Team members should be given 1-2 minutes to “think” and the rest of the time to respond.
  3. Practice with all team members participating. One way to insure no one  monopolizes is to have all members get a certain number of Response Counters (pieces of paper or pencils or anything else they have on hand). Seven responses per person is a good number, but this would depend on how much time you have to practice. When a team member gives an answer, they take one of their Response Counters away. Once they have used up all of their responses, they must allow the other team members to use up all of their Responses Counters.
  4. The Coach could assign team members a number (1-7, or however many members are on the team), and they respond in order. If a team member gets “stuck” they could either need to keep thinking until they come up with a response, or they could “pass.” In the actual competition, there will be no need to “pass,” however.
  5. Practice with a specific time frame to simulate the real Spontaneous Problem. If there is still time remaining after all team members have used up their Response Counters, students may continue to brainstorm responses  and, if they think a new response is better than one that is on the list to be submitted, they may switch out as many as they have time for.
  6. In order to give all students a chance to participate equally, you might limit who can make changes. For example, the person who comes up with a creative response may switch out ONLY a response that he/she originally gave. This way, more creative thinkers won’t monopolize the submitted responses, and it will also prevent potential hurt feelings.
  7. Before the actual competition, you might encourage your team members to come up with a game-plan for how they will respond. For example, they might choose to answer in order

Online Spontaneous Rules: (The rules below are for the official tournament, not for our weekly Nova East Challenges.)

  1. The official spontaneous problem during tournaments will be VERBAL.
  2. Teams will be given approximately 20 minutes to complete their problem.
  3. All team members may participate.
  4. Coaches will type responses onto a Response Form.
  5. Teams will be given a specific number of responses they can submit (approximately 30-35).
  6. If team members complete their maximum number of answers and there is still time remaining, they may replace any response with one they think is a better response.
  7. Team members do not need to go in any order when responding.
  8. Spelling does not count as long as the Judges can determine what the actual response was intended (eg, “dinosar” for “dinosaur”).
  9. During the actual competition, all team members will be able to see the responses that their coach types and a clock that tells them how much time is remaining. 
  10. When time is up, the coach should click the Submit button. However, even if the button is not clicked, the team’s responses will automatically be saved and submitted.

Odyssey of the Mind Shopping

In case you are a shopper looking for some good deals, you might want to check out https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/shop/ If you have an OMER at home who might appreciate some Odyssey of the Mind swag, now’s a good time to go shopping.  There are some great sales and bundles.  At this time of year, one thing we can feel good about is our participation in a program that is promoting problem solving, teamwork, and creativity during these difficult times.  

2020 NOVA East Odyssey of the Mind 

Spontaneous Results Week 1

If You Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch Yours

Your problem is to name as many things as possible that help something and how that thing helps them back. For example, you might say “I help my mom with the laundry and she makes my favorite dessert.”

Team NameCreative Idea
Campbell ES
JUICY BUG LIONS
If coronavirus stops, I’ll dive into a piranha pool and go up to the monkey trees
Campbell ES Courtyard TurtlesIf you adopt a dog you find on the street, the dog could call for help when you need it.

Disclaimer: We’re off to a good start; we only had two submissions this week, but we look forward to more great ideas next week. 

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What’s New? Odyssey of the Mind in the Virtual World

We had another training on Sunday for coaches to find out what’s new this year in light of the circumstances we are all dealing with. On the Coaches Training tab, you will find the slide deck of that training and the video has been added to our playlist.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/sZ8sEX8UnFY

Training Video Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8SrACYGXVP-RTHiSB20aki4sDc5oiOjg

2020 NOVA EAST Spontaneous Week 2

  • Each week, we will send out a spontaneous problem for your team to try. 
  • After running the problem, we encourage your team to select their favorite 3 responses to our google form and we will choose a few of the best examples to share with our region.
  • Use this Google Form for your answers: https://forms.gle/yU8Nwrqod44WWa2t8
  • Answers for this week November 21, 2020 are due by midnight November 28, 2020. 
  • Most creative selections will be posted by December 2, 2020.

The problem this week is:

A Piece of Cake

Your problem is to name something that makes something else easy. For example, you might say “A knife makes it easy to cut a cake.”

Hints for coaches:

  1. The coach should practice typing students’ responses. You could use a shared google response so team members can see the responses in real time.
  2. Team members should be given 1-2 minutes to “think” and the rest of the time to respond.
  3. Practice with all team members participating. One way to insure no one  monopolizes is to have all members get a certain number of Response Counters (pieces of paper or pencils or anything else they have on hand). Seven responses per person is a good number, but this would depend on how much time you have to practice. When a team member gives an answer, they take one of their Response Counters away. Once they have used up all of their responses, they must allow the other team members to use up all of their Responses Counters.
  4. The Coach could assign team members a number (1-7, or however many members are on the team), and they respond in order. If a team member gets “stuck” they could either need to keep thinking until they come up with a response, or they could “pass.” In the actual competition, there will be no need to “pass,” however.
  5. Practice with a specific time frame to simulate the real Spontaneous Problem. If there is still time remaining after all team members have used up their Response Counters, students may continue to brainstorm responses  and, if they think a new response is better than one that is on the list to be submitted, they may switch out as many as they have time for.
  6. In order to give all students a chance to participate equally, you might limit who can make changes. For example, the person who comes up with a creative response may switch out ONLY a response that he/she originally gave. This way, more creative thinkers won’t monopolize the submitted responses, and it will also prevent potential hurt feelings.
  7. Before the actual competition, you might encourage your team members to come up with a game-plan for how they will respond. For example, they might choose to answer in order

Online Spontaneous Rules: (The rules below are for the official tournament, not for our weekly Nova East Challenges.)

  1. The official spontaneous problem during tournaments will be VERBAL.
  2. Teams will be given approximately 20 minutes to complete their problem.
  3. All team members may participate.
  4. Coaches will type responses onto a Response Form.
  5. Teams will be given a specific number of responses they can submit (approximately 30-35).
  6. If team members complete their maximum number of answers and there is still time remaining, they may replace any response with one they think is a better response.
  7. Team members do not need to go in any order when responding.
  8. Spelling does not count as long as the Judges can determine what the actual response was intended (eg, “dinosar” for “dinosaur”).
  9. During the actual competition, all team members will be able to see the responses that their coach types and a clock that tells them how much time is remaining. 
  10. When time is up, the coach should click the Submit button. However, even if the button is not clicked, the team’s responses will automatically be saved and submitted.

2020 NOVA EAST Spontaneous Week 1

  • Each week, we will send out a spontaneous problem for your team to try. 
  • After running the problem, we encourage your team to select their favorite 3 responses to our google form and we will choose a few of the best examples to share with our region.
  • Use this Google Form for your answers: https://forms.gle/RCAWmahKHFkYKu9F7 
  • Answers for this week November 14, 2020 are due by midnight November 21, 2020. 
  • Most creative selections will be posted by November 25, 2020.

The problem this week is:

If You Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch Yours

Your problem is to name as many things as possible that help something and how that thing helps them back. For example, you might say “I help my mom with the laundry and she makes my favorite dessert.”

Hints for coaches:

  1. The coach should practice typing students’ responses. You could use a shared google response so team members can see the responses in real time.
  2. Team members should be given 1-2 minutes to “think” and the rest of the time to respond.
  3. Practice with all team members participating. One way to insure no one  monopolizes is to have all members get a certain number of Response Counters (pieces of paper or pencils or anything else they have on hand). Seven responses per person is a good number, but this would depend on how much time you have to practice. When a team member gives an answer, they take one of their Response Counters away. Once they have used up all of their responses, they must allow the other team members to use up all of their Responses Counters.
  4. The Coach could assign team members a number (1-7, or however many members are on the team), and they respond in order. If a team member gets “stuck” they could either need to keep thinking until they come up with a response, or they could “pass.” In the actual competition, there will be no need to “pass,” however.
  5. Practice with a specific time frame to simulate the real Spontaneous Problem. If there is still time remaining after all team members have used up their Response Counters, students may continue to brainstorm responses  and, if they think a new response is better than one that is on the list to be submitted, they may switch out as many as they have time for.
  6. In order to give all students a chance to participate equally, you might limit who can make changes. For example, the person who comes up with a creative response may switch out ONLY a response that he/she originally gave. This way, more creative thinkers won’t monopolize the submitted responses, and it will also prevent potential hurt feelings.
  7. Before the actual competition, you might encourage your team members to come up with a game-plan for how they will respond. For example, they might choose to answer in order

Online Spontaneous Rules: (The rules below are for the official tournament, not for our weekly Nova East Challenges.)

  1. The official spontaneous problem during tournaments will be VERBAL.
  2. Teams will be given approximately 20 minutes to complete their problem.
  3. All team members may participate.
  4. Coaches will type responses onto a Response Form.
  5. Teams will be given a specific number of responses they can submit (approximately 30-35).
  6. If team members complete their maximum number of answers and there is still time remaining, they may replace any response with one they think is a better response.
  7. Team members do not need to go in any order when responding.
  8. Spelling does not count as long as the Judges can determine what the actual response was intended (eg, “dinosar” for “dinosaur”).
  9. During the actual competition, all team members will be able to see the responses that their coach types and a clock that tells them how much time is remaining. 
  10. When time is up, the coach should click the Submit button. However, even if the button is not clicked, the team’s responses will automatically be saved and submitted.