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Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is an international competition that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. These long-term problems range from building mechanical devices or structures to performing a creative and unique solution. Students work in teams and learn how to cooperate and respect the ideas of others. Students compete at the regional level first, and may qualify to compete at the state and world levels. 

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Rowlett had multiple teams entered in the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition this year held in Valrico, Florida in February. Several teams qualified for the state competition in Orlando, Florida. Two of those teams qualified for the World Competition in May.

Manatee County students are ready to take on the world!

Bradenton, FL - Rowlett Middle Academy students and Rowlett alumni high school students are ready to take on the world May 22-25, 2019 at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals to be held at Michigan State University in Lansing. Odyssey of the Mind, commonly referred to as “OM” for short, is an international creative problem-solving competition.

The program consists of two problem-solving areas where students perform before a group of judges. One of these areas is a long-term problem, which students routinely spend for four to six months developing a solution. At competition, the teams are presented with their next problem: An unknown spontaneous challenge that requires an improvised solution. The Rowlett Middle Academy team is participating in the Balsa Wood Structure problem, Structure Toss. The structure is tossed into the air, then weights are stacked on the structure in order to test the strength and engineering of the design. The amount of weight held is only part of the solution. The team must also create a performance with a carnival theme that addresses specific requirements.

Rowlett Middle Academy students participating in OM World Finals are: Aryanna T. (6th grade), Brendan P. (6th grade), Cayden B. (6th grade), Juliet G. (7th grade), Mackenzie S. (6th grade), Peyton F. (7th grade), and Sierra S. (6th grade)

The Rowlett Alumni High School team participates in the Technical Problem, Hide in Plain Sight. The team must create a creature that performs four tasks with no direct human interaction and is able to hide in plain sight. Additionally, the team must create a performance with an emphasis on the artistic creation of the environments where the creature hides.

The High School team is comprised of former Rowlett Academy students who now attend various local high schools: Alexander S. (11th grade, Saint Stephens), Ayden T. (11th grade, Southeast High School), Dylan B. (9th grade) Elaina B. (8th grade, Saint Stephens), Jacqueline A. (11th grade, Palmetto High School), and Tyler B. (11th grade, State College of Florida).

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) allows students to apply what they learn in the classroom to solve a complex problem. The difference between the classroom setting and this after-school elective is that the students work in a team of seven peers, without adult intervention. The students may ask an adult to teach them a skill, but all work must be performed by the students. This ensures that no two solutions are ever the same!

The teams are responsible for raising their own funds to attend World Finals. They have sold plants, worked concession stands, made products to sell, and are hosting a raffle. If you'd like to help these problem-solvers make it to the World Final competition in Michigan, donations and fundraising opportunities can be sent to Rowlett Academy at 3500 9th Street East, Bradenton, FL 34208. Please label your donation “In care of Odyssey of the Mind.”

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Rowlett Academies Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator, Christine Sket at 941-356-0197 or

2019 Elementary Teams
Past team photos...