OOTM: practicing to be spontaneous

2024 Spontaneous Overload

six students smiling together 3 of them are holding a tape measure

The creative energy was high, as nearly 70 students in grades K-8 participated in team building and problem solving at the district’s annual Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM) Spontaneous Overload event. This evening is especially helpful for students to understand how the spontaneous problems work during the competitions. Scotia-Glenville has 11 teams this year. During this event, teams rotated through six different rooms as they solved both verbal and spontaneous hands-on problems.

Scotia-Glenville OOTM teams:

  • kids wearing yellow sweatshirts huddled together Lincoln Elementary School – four teams 
  • Sacandaga Elementary School – one team
  • Glen-Worden Elementary School – three teams 
  • Glendaal Elementary School – one team
  • Middle School – two teams

Students ended the night chatting with their coaches, eating pizza, and voting for their favorite T-shirt design. SG started the shirt design contest about 10 years ago as another avenue for students to be creative. 

The winner of the 2024 SG OOTM T-shirt design is a fourth grader from Lincoln, Avery Ducharme.

“We encourage parents and students to buy the shirts and wear them on competition day. It gives us a sense of unity at a competition with so many other schools competing,” said Scotia-Glenville OOTM Coordinator Amanda Shults. “It also looks great when you see all of them sitting together in the stands at the awards ceremony. It’s like having our own cheering section,” she said.

students and adults sitting around different cafeteria tables