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Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is a creative problem solving competition. The purpose of the program is to provide students with an exciting learning experience that promises to be challenging and fun. OM promotes creativity by challenging teams to solve problems that have more than one possible solution.

Each OM team must have at least one adult head coach, and may have 5-7 students. Students form their own teams and find their own coach(es). Teams usually meet once a week at a time convenient to all team members. As the competition gets closer, the teams usually meet 2 or 3 times a week. Teams that place in the top 3 spots in their division at the Regional Competition advance to the State competition.

In you are interested in coaching a team or need students for your team, please contact Emily Ackerman, Osborne OM Coordinator. For additional information, please visit the Odyssey of the Mind website, or

Quaker Valley Odyssey of the Mind Resources

For more information about OM, please contact:

Emily Ackerman
Academic Specialist
Osborne OM Coordinator
412-749-5557 x4238
2022 Results

On Saturday, April 2, 2022 three Osborne teams OM competed at the PA Odyssey of the Mind State Finals at Lock Haven University. The following are the team results: 

Grade 3
Division 1, Problem 4: Matryoshka Structure                                                                                         
Team Members: Lenora Abel, Samantha Dillaman, Simon Juarez-Safran, Mona Kumar, Charlotte Sinclair
Coach: Briana Dillaman
7th place

Grade 4
Division 1, Problem 3: Classics…(Name Here) The Musical Production
Team Members: Bruce Baird, Violet Baird, Claire Jubeck, Joey Mazzarella, Marlea Piatt, Owen Weisberg
Coach: Matt Baird                                                                                                                                
7th place

Grade 5
Division 1, Problem 5: Life Is A Circus
Team Members: August Aziz-Prem, Kathryn Hamilton, Allison Hawes, Campbell Homer, Lincoln Liao, Henry Topol
Coach: Monica Liao
6th place