Region 12 Virginia Odyssey of the Mind


As described on the International organization’s web site:

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.  Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.  They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level.  Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.  Odyssey of the Mind is meeting STEM and Common Core, and 21st Century Skills through Creative Problem Solving.

NoVA South, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization established to host the Prince William County and Southern Fairfax County Odyssey of the Mind Region 12 Competition.  Our regional board members work with many volunteers to keep school coordinators up-to-date, to assist coaches in preparing their teams for our tournament, to train judges for the tournament, and to plan and host the actual tournament.

The purpose of NOVA South Inc. is to encourage and teach the principals of creative thinking for kindergarten through college age students in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Training  volunteers to serve as coaches, and judges of the Odyssey of the Mind program conducted throughout the year.  The year concludes with a tournament in which the students on each team present their solutions to creative problems.  Winners of NOVA South regional tournament progress to the Virginia State Competition and then hopefully the Odyssey of the Mind World Competition.

We foster creativity by providing an educational alternative in which students develop creative problem solving skills through experimentation, creative thinking, and risk taking.  We encourage the development of team work, cooperation and understanding of others and their ideas.

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NoVA South Region Director