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Saturday, January 11
 

8:00am

Registration
Limited Capacity seats available

In total, you will take three (3) classes, and each breakout session will last 60 minutes. All new coaches who did not attend the October training must take “Odyssey 101.” Aside from this, you have the choice as to which classes you will attend. In selecting your workshops, consider what skills you need to help make your team as successful as possible.

Saturday January 11, 2020 8:00am - 8:30am
Davis Hall

8:30am

Welcome and Reminders - until 8:55a (All Other Coaches)
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome and reminder session for all returning coachees or new coaches who were trained in October.

Saturday January 11, 2020 8:30am - 8:55am
DA 101

8:30am

Odyssey 101 - until 10a (Mandtory for New Coaches not trained in Oct)
Limited Capacity seats available

What is Odyssey of the Mind? In this class, coaches will be given a broad overview of Odyssey. We will discuss the components of the program (long term, style, and spontaneous), the goals of participation (e.g. problem solving, creativity, team work), and what to expect throughout the year.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Cunningham

Rachel Cunningham

Board of Directors Member and Problem 5 Assistant Problem Captain, Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind
Hello everyone! Throughout middle and high school I participated in CTOM for 6 years, and attended World Finals 4 times. I have volunteered as a judge for a few years during college, and now that I am in my second year of teaching 1st grade, I am serving as a member on the Board of... Read More →


Saturday January 11, 2020 8:30am - 10:00am
DA 102

9:00am

1 - Coaching Verbal Spontaneous (All Other Coaches)
Though it is worth half as much as the long-term solution, spontaneous, time and time again, plays a major role in teams’ final placement at competition. This workshop will focus exclusively on verbal problems. Coaches will learn how these problems work, identify strategies for success, and participate in a number of practice problems. In addition, coaches will reflect on these practice problems and, in doing so, think about verbal spontaneous problems from the perspective of team members and judges.

Speakers
BZ

Bob Zinser

Problem Captain - Problem 1
Problem Captain - Problem 1 - Longshot Solution.


Saturday January 11, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
DA 218

9:00am

2 - Coaching Hand-on Spontaneous (All Other Coaches)
While the spontaneous problem itself is never known until competition time, teams should practice the various types of problems throughout the year. This workshop, which focuses on hands-on problems, will help coaches (and thus team members) develop the skills and knowledge needed to do exactly that. Coaches will learn strategies that their teams can implement when solving hands-on problems. They will also have multiple opportunities to participate in these types of problems, discuss various solutions, and evaluate how they would be scored.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Schaller

Dave Schaller

President, Problem Captain - Spontaneous, CTOM
I was an Odyssey of the Mind coach for 8 years before I became a member of the Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind Board of Directors in 2011. My day job at 3M Health Information Systems keeps me busy as a International Business Development Manager.If I am training on Spontaneous: Spontaneous... Read More →


Saturday January 11, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
DA 224

9:00am

3 - It's All About Style (All Other Coaches)
What exactly is style, and how does my team score highly in it? In this class, coaches will learn the do’s and don’ts for style. We will discuss ways to make the team’s solution more unique, how to select the best items for scoring, and strategies for most effectively filling out the style form. Since every point counts, you don’t want to miss this one!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Borst

Susan Borst

Wants to help you win at Style
I'd like to share what I think will be some very helpful tips on how to approach Style based on your team's unique talents and also some "watch-outs" to make sure you don't make some common Style errors that can hold you back.


Saturday January 11, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
DA 222

9:00am

4 - There's No "I" in Team (All Other Coaches)
One of the most important factors behind any team’s success is how well the members can collaborate. Working together is easier said than done, of course, as a number of factors can impact group dynamics. What should you do when team members disagree? How do you resolve conflicts? What happens when you have a team member who has very specific needs? We will address these questions and more in this workshop. If you want to learn about fostering effective teamwork, this session is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Anu Kothandaraman

Anu Kothandaraman

Problem Captain - Problem 2
Anu Kothandaraman is a IT professional with 15+ years of experience who is passionate about STEM education. She started coaching her daughter 5 years ago (for Primary problem) and has been part of CTOM since.Anu currently consults for major corporations in IT Security, runs Code Ninjas... Read More →


Saturday January 11, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
DA 219

9:00am

5 - Think Like a Judge (All Other Coaches)
We will start this session by reviewing an old long-term problem and discussing strategies for how to read it most effectively. Coaches will learn about different Odyssey terminology (e.g. “the team MUST” vs. “the team MAY”). Afterwards, we will view a solution to the aforementioned problem and discuss how we would score it. By thinking like judges, we will work collaboratively to understand how the long-term problem is scored.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

Problem Captain - Problem 3
Sarah is an Odyssey of the Mind veteran who competed for 10 years (placing at World Finals 4 times), coached, and judged. This year she is excited to be the Problem 3 problem captain.


Saturday January 11, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
DA 101

9:00am

6 - Experienced Coach Panel (All Other Coaches)
No matter how thorough any training session is, there is a very distinct possibility that you still will have a number of lingering questions. This breakout session is your opportunity to ask anything about Odyssey that you have on your mind. We will have a panel of coaches with extensive experience available to address any and all questions or concerns that you have. Come ready to engage in a dialogue with other coaches.

Speakers
avatar for Yolanda Preysner

Yolanda Preysner

Vice President, CTOM, Inc.
Hello coaches! I have been a member of the CTOM Board of Directors for 10 years. Currently, I serve as the Vice President and coordinate judges and volunteers. I have also been a Spontaneous judge and coached several Division 1 and 2 teams.


Saturday January 11, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
DA 104

10:05am

1 - Coaching Verbal Spontaneous
Though it is worth half as much as the long-term solution, spontaneous, time and time again, plays a major role in teams’ final placement at competition. This workshop will focus exclusively on verbal problems. Coaches will learn how these problems work, identify strategies for success, and participate in a number of practice problems. In addition, coaches will reflect on these practice problems and, in doing so, think about verbal spontaneous problems from the perspective of team members and judges.

Speakers
BZ

Bob Zinser

Problem Captain - Problem 1
Problem Captain - Problem 1 - Longshot Solution.


Saturday January 11, 2020 10:05am - 11:05am
DA 218

10:05am

2 - Coaching Hand-on Spontaneous
While the spontaneous problem itself is never known until competition time, teams should practice the various types of problems throughout the year. This workshop, which focuses on hands-on problems, will help coaches (and thus team members) develop the skills and knowledge needed to do exactly that. Coaches will learn strategies that their teams can implement when solving hands-on problems. They will also have multiple opportunities to participate in these types of problems, discuss various solutions, and evaluate how they would be scored.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Schaller

Dave Schaller

President, Problem Captain - Spontaneous, CTOM
I was an Odyssey of the Mind coach for 8 years before I became a member of the Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind Board of Directors in 2011. My day job at 3M Health Information Systems keeps me busy as a International Business Development Manager.If I am training on Spontaneous: Spontaneous... Read More →


Saturday January 11, 2020 10:05am - 11:05am
DA 224

10:05am

3 - It's All About Style
What exactly is style, and how does my team score highly in it? In this class, coaches will learn the do’s and don’ts for style. We will discuss ways to make the team’s solution more unique, how to select the best items for scoring, and strategies for most effectively filling out the style form. Since every point counts, you don’t want to miss this one!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Borst

Susan Borst

Wants to help you win at Style
I'd like to share what I think will be some very helpful tips on how to approach Style based on your team's unique talents and also some "watch-outs" to make sure you don't make some common Style errors that can hold you back.


Saturday January 11, 2020 10:05am - 11:05am
DA 222

10:05am

4 - There's No "I" in Team
One of the most important factors behind any team’s success is how well the members can collaborate. Working together is easier said than done, of course, as a number of factors can impact group dynamics. What should you do when team members disagree? How do you resolve conflicts? What happens when you have a team member who has very specific needs? We will address these questions and more in this workshop. If you want to learn about fostering effective teamwork, this session is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Anu Kothandaraman

Anu Kothandaraman

Problem Captain - Problem 2
Anu Kothandaraman is a IT professional with 15+ years of experience who is passionate about STEM education. She started coaching her daughter 5 years ago (for Primary problem) and has been part of CTOM since.Anu currently consults for major corporations in IT Security, runs Code Ninjas... Read More →


Saturday January 11, 2020 10:05am - 11:05am
DA 219

10:05am

5 - Think Like a Judge
We will start this session by reviewing an old long-term problem and discussing strategies for how to read it most effectively. Coaches will learn about different Odyssey terminology (e.g. “the team MUST” vs. “the team MAY”). Afterwards, we will view a solution to the aforementioned problem and discuss how we would score it. By thinking like judges, we will work collaboratively to understand how the long-term problem is scored.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

Problem Captain - Problem 3
Sarah is an Odyssey of the Mind veteran who competed for 10 years (placing at World Finals 4 times), coached, and judged. This year she is excited to be the Problem 3 problem captain.


Saturday January 11, 2020 10:05am - 11:05am
DA 101

10:05am

6 - Experienced Coach Panel
No matter how thorough any training session is, there is a very distinct possibility that you still will have a number of lingering questions. This breakout session is your opportunity to ask anything about Odyssey that you have on your mind. We will have a panel of coaches with extensive experience available to address any and all questions or concerns that you have. Come ready to engage in a dialogue with other coaches.

Speakers
avatar for Yolanda Preysner

Yolanda Preysner

Vice President, CTOM, Inc.
Hello coaches! I have been a member of the CTOM Board of Directors for 10 years. Currently, I serve as the Vice President and coordinate judges and volunteers. I have also been a Spontaneous judge and coached several Division 1 and 2 teams.


Saturday January 11, 2020 10:05am - 11:05am
DA 104

11:10am

1 - Coaching Verbal Spontaneous
Though it is worth half as much as the long-term solution, spontaneous, time and time again, plays a major role in teams’ final placement at competition. This workshop will focus exclusively on verbal problems. Coaches will learn how these problems work, identify strategies for success, and participate in a number of practice problems. In addition, coaches will reflect on these practice problems and, in doing so, think about verbal spontaneous problems from the perspective of team members and judges.

Speakers
BZ

Bob Zinser

Problem Captain - Problem 1
Problem Captain - Problem 1 - Longshot Solution.


Saturday January 11, 2020 11:10am - 12:10pm
DA 218

11:10am

2 - Coaching Hand-on Spontaneous
While the spontaneous problem itself is never known until competition time, teams should practice the various types of problems throughout the year. This workshop, which focuses on hands-on problems, will help coaches (and thus team members) develop the skills and knowledge needed to do exactly that. Coaches will learn strategies that their teams can implement when solving hands-on problems. They will also have multiple opportunities to participate in these types of problems, discuss various solutions, and evaluate how they would be scored.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Schaller

Dave Schaller

President, Problem Captain - Spontaneous, CTOM
I was an Odyssey of the Mind coach for 8 years before I became a member of the Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind Board of Directors in 2011. My day job at 3M Health Information Systems keeps me busy as a International Business Development Manager.If I am training on Spontaneous: Spontaneous... Read More →


Saturday January 11, 2020 11:10am - 12:10pm
DA 224

11:10am

3 - It's All About Style
What exactly is style, and how does my team score highly in it? In this class, coaches will learn the do’s and don’ts for style. We will discuss ways to make the team’s solution more unique, how to select the best items for scoring, and strategies for most effectively filling out the style form. Since every point counts, you don’t want to miss this one!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Borst

Susan Borst

Wants to help you win at Style
I'd like to share what I think will be some very helpful tips on how to approach Style based on your team's unique talents and also some "watch-outs" to make sure you don't make some common Style errors that can hold you back.


Saturday January 11, 2020 11:10am - 12:10pm
DA 222

11:10am

4 - There's No "I" in Team
One of the most important factors behind any team’s success is how well the members can collaborate. Working together is easier said than done, of course, as a number of factors can impact group dynamics. What should you do when team members disagree? How do you resolve conflicts? What happens when you have a team member who has very specific needs? We will address these questions and more in this workshop. If you want to learn about fostering effective teamwork, this session is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Anu Kothandaraman

Anu Kothandaraman

Problem Captain - Problem 2
Anu Kothandaraman is a IT professional with 15+ years of experience who is passionate about STEM education. She started coaching her daughter 5 years ago (for Primary problem) and has been part of CTOM since.Anu currently consults for major corporations in IT Security, runs Code Ninjas... Read More →


Saturday January 11, 2020 11:10am - 12:10pm
DA 219

11:10am

5 - Think Like a Judge
We will start this session by reviewing an old long-term problem and discussing strategies for how to read it most effectively. Coaches will learn about different Odyssey terminology (e.g. “the team MUST” vs. “the team MAY”). Afterwards, we will view a solution to the aforementioned problem and discuss how we would score it. By thinking like judges, we will work collaboratively to understand how the long-term problem is scored.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

Problem Captain - Problem 3
Sarah is an Odyssey of the Mind veteran who competed for 10 years (placing at World Finals 4 times), coached, and judged. This year she is excited to be the Problem 3 problem captain.


Saturday January 11, 2020 11:10am - 12:10pm
DA 101

11:10am

6 - Experienced Coach Panel
No matter how thorough any training session is, there is a very distinct possibility that you still will have a number of lingering questions. This breakout session is your opportunity to ask anything about Odyssey that you have on your mind. We will have a panel of coaches with extensive experience available to address any and all questions or concerns that you have. Come ready to engage in a dialogue with other coaches.

Speakers
avatar for Yolanda Preysner

Yolanda Preysner

Vice President, CTOM, Inc.
Hello coaches! I have been a member of the CTOM Board of Directors for 10 years. Currently, I serve as the Vice President and coordinate judges and volunteers. I have also been a Spontaneous judge and coached several Division 1 and 2 teams.


Saturday January 11, 2020 11:10am - 12:10pm
DA 104

12:15pm

Problem 1: Longshot Solution
Limited Capacity seats available

**Important note for all coaches: We will NOT read through/discuss the problem. The purpose of this meeting is to answer any questions from the day, discuss what to expect the day of the tournament, etc.

Speakers
BZ

Bob Zinser

Problem Captain - Problem 1
Problem Captain - Problem 1 - Longshot Solution.


Saturday January 11, 2020 12:15pm - 12:45pm
DA 218

12:15pm

Problem 2: Net Working
Limited Capacity seats available

**Important note for all coaches: We will NOT read through/discuss the problem. The purpose of this meeting is to answer any questions from the day, discuss what to expect the day of the tournament, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Anu Kothandaraman

Anu Kothandaraman

Problem Captain - Problem 2
Anu Kothandaraman is a IT professional with 15+ years of experience who is passionate about STEM education. She started coaching her daughter 5 years ago (for Primary problem) and has been part of CTOM since.Anu currently consults for major corporations in IT Security, runs Code Ninjas... Read More →


Saturday January 11, 2020 12:15pm - 12:45pm
DA 219

12:15pm

Problem 3: Classics...The Effective Detective
Limited Capacity seats available

**Important note for all coaches: We will NOT read through/discuss the problem. The purpose of this meeting is to answer any questions from the day, discuss what to expect the day of the tournament, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

Problem Captain - Problem 3
Sarah is an Odyssey of the Mind veteran who competed for 10 years (placing at World Finals 4 times), coached, and judged. This year she is excited to be the Problem 3 problem captain.


Saturday January 11, 2020 12:15pm - 12:45pm
DA 101

12:15pm

Problem 4: Balsa Limbo
Limited Capacity seats available

**Important note for all coaches: We will NOT read through/discuss the problem. The purpose of this meeting is to answer any questions from the day, discuss what to expect the day of the tournament, etc.

Speakers

Saturday January 11, 2020 12:15pm - 12:45pm
DA 222

12:15pm

Problem 5: Gibberish or Not
Limited Capacity seats available

**Important note for all coaches: We will NOT read through/discuss the problem. The purpose of this meeting is to answer any questions from the day, discuss what to expect the day of the tournament, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Young

Josh Young

Problem Captain - Problem 5, Training Co-Coordinator
Problem Captain, Problem 5Co-Coordinator, Coach and Judge Training


Saturday January 11, 2020 12:15pm - 12:45pm
DA 102

12:15pm

Problem 6 Primary: The Fashion Bug
Limited Capacity seats available

**Important note for all coaches: We will NOT read through/discuss the problem. The purpose of this meeting is to answer any questions from the day, discuss what to expect the day of the tournament, etc.

Saturday January 11, 2020 12:15pm - 12:45pm
DA 224