"In competition, every team solves a spontaneous problem. This part of the competition is called 'Spontaneous' because teams don’t know what they’ll have to do until they enter the competition room; spontaneous problems are kept 'top secret.' Solving spontaneous problems teaches students to think on their feet and to creatively solve problems as they arise."
- Official Odyssey of the Mind Website
Types of Problems
Verbal problems usually require team members to come up with creative answers to a given question, and take turns to say their answers to the judges.
Hands-On problems usually involve the whole team working together as a group to build something using given materials (like bridges, baskets, or towers).
Verbal/Hands-On problems usually involve each team member getting some sort of material to work with, having to create things with that material, and explain what it is in a creative way.