Skills Fair – November 11

Registration is now closed.

Please contact Gail Hemedinger with any questions.


9:00-9:45Session 1
9:50-10:35Session 2
10:35-10:50Snack Break
10:55-11:40Session 3
11:45-12:30Session 4

Sessions Offered:

Electricity and Wiring (batteries, light bulbs, wires, and motors)
Creative Use of Materials (how to use common items found in homes and garages to create things)
From Script to Stage (writing scripts for performances and acting them out)
Building Sets and Props with PVC Pipe (how to take PVC pipe and make things like stage sets)
Balsa Wood (all you wanted to know about building with balsa wood)
Brainstorming and Time Management (how to work as a team to create ideas for problem solving and working within limited time)
Characterization and Stage Presence (how to “become” characters on stage)
Creative Costumes (how to create really creative costumes)
Spontaneous Skills (important skills to use to solve and respond to spontaneous problems)


  • Registration is $10 per team member.  There is no charge for adults. 
  • Please use the button above to register. Once you have finished entering your registration information, you will receive an email with the link to pay for the registration via PayPal.  
  • Registration closes on Wednesday, November 8th.  There will be no on-site registration at the fair!
  • There must be at least one adult on site with the team during the fair.  Team members may split up into different sessions if you prefer to do so.  There will be plenty of adult supervision so the adult from the team will not have to stay with all the team members all day.
  • Once you have registered and paid, you will be contacted via email with more details on the fair, and with an individual schedule for each of your team members for the day.  Bring this schedule with you!  Your team members will go straight to their first session when they arrive.  There will be no on-site registration.

For additional information, contact Gail Hemedinger:

Spontaneous Tournament – October 14

We are pleased to announce there will be the first ever NC Eastern Region Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous Tournament on Saturday, October 14, and it will be held at Thales Academy (1201 Granite Falls Boulevard, Rolesville, NC 27571). At this tournament, teams of 3-7 participants will compete in all three spontaneous problem types against teams in their same age division. No Odyssey of the Mind membership is required! This is a great opportunity to introduce the program to interested parents & kids, form a “dream team” from kids who have split into different schools, or even put together a neighborhood or community group for a fun Saturday morning. The cost is $7 per child. 

Use the below link to register your team(s) and read more about tournament details. This year we will limit each competition to the first 10 teams in Division I (grades 2-5) and the first 10 teams in Division II (grades 6-8) that register. 

Division III (high school teams) will not compete this year (we plan to have room next year), but we would still love them to participate as volunteers or judges! If you have a Division III team interested in improving their spontaneous knowledge and skills, email Zoe Hansen ( 


Virtual Coaches Training – 21 October

Coaches Training registration is now closed.
Please contact Randy Burton with any questions.

Odyssey of the Mind Coaches Training will be presented virtually via Zoom

Saturday, October 21, 2023
8:00AM – 1:00PM

Planned Class offerings: 
– New Coaches Seminar
– Returning Coaches Seminar
– P1 – Drive-In Movie
– P2 – AI Tech-NO-Art
– P3 – Opening Night Antics
– P4 – Deep Space Structure
– P5 – Rocking World Detour
– Primary Problem – The Night Life
– Balsa Wood Basics
– What is ‘Style’?
– Solving a Long Term Problem: Where Does the Team Begin?
– Spontaneous
– Spontaneous Practice

Class offerings may change – please see the detailed schedule linked above for the final slate of sessions.

All classes will be offered virtually via Zoom. Zoom links will be emailed prior to the training to the registered attendees. 

Registration on-line is $15.00.

NCOM Eastern Region Tournament Preparation Webinar

NCOM Eastern Region Tournament Preparation Webinar
Saturday February 11
10:00AM – 11:30AM

Coaches, please join your NCOM Eastern Region board members for an informative webinar on preparation for the upcoming regional tournament! We will have a short presentation on the tournaments, and will have plenty of time for questions and answers at the end.

Topic: NCOM Eastern Region – Tournament Preparation
Time: Feb 11, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join the Webinar

Meeting ID: 861 2743 6277
Passcode: 723875