Spontaneous problems are solved at the time of the competition. Teams will be given a problem on the spot - they will not know the problem ahead of time. As the team works through the problem, they will be assessed on their quick thinking, their teamwork, and their creativity. Teams receive a copy of their problem and are allowed to ask questions during their competition time. The spontaneous problem will contribute 20% and the long problem will contribute 80% to the overall team score.
In order to practice for the spontaneous problem, we suggest that coaches visit the NEPA Odyssey of the Mind website and pick different kinds of spontaneous problems for the team to complete before competition. Then, coaches, use the spontaneous rubric to evaluate and coach students toward improving their success.