enrichment programs

For questions, please reach out laureloakpto@gmail.com

What is Odyssey of the Mind?

 

            Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program, which focuses on team problem solving in a competitive environment. Each team works together to create a solution to a specific problem that is presented in 8 minutes to a panel of judges. Judges want to see kids shine in the most creative way possible while making sure their presentation addresses the specifics of the problem. They will also participate in a spontaneous question/answer session that tests their creative thinking. 

 

            This is an academic competitive team-based program but we do not focus on winning. The focus is about the creative journey and working with others in a team format. It is a wonderful opportunity to see your child work on a team to solve problems (just like we have to do in our jobs). Some of the takeaways of the experience are that they build confidence and are able to reflect on how far along they have come along.

 

Who is Eligible to Participate

 

All LOE students are eligible from 1st – 5th grade.

Teams are made up of 5-7 students each with 1-2 coaches.

 

  • Primary: 1st – 2nd grade. All teams will have the same problem to solve and this is not a competitive team but they get a chance to be selected by lottery to attend states and share their solution.

  • Division 1: 3rd – 5th grade. Competitive teams that choose from various problems to solve (mechanical, structural, dramatic)

 

Considerations & Time Commitment

 

  • Complete the introduction interview - The school coordinator, coaches and or school staff will ensure each student is prepared for the program by meeting new students and evaluating their readiness and assessing which team would be most suited for them. 

 

  • Respectfulness - Students must exhibit respect for others and show discipline in each team meeting. Students must be willing to put in time outside of the team meetings to review their scripts, create props and work with their parents to understand the long-term problem that they are assigned to.

 

  • Parent Support - Outside of directly coaching, parents can support their child by working with the coach as needed. (Volunteer at regional events and help with practices, etc.)

 

  • Practice - 1 day a week – 45-90 minutes per meeting before school at LOE (coach determines practice day/time). January – February will require as much practice as coaches determine is needed. 

 

  • Practices will begin in September and all practices will be held on school property (for additional practices, parents and coaches can determine an appropriate location)

 

  • tbd  Spontaneous Workshop

  • tbd  – Regional Competition

  • tbd – State Competition in Orlando, FL. (if team qualifies)

  • tbd – World Finals at tbd (if team qualifies)

 

Coaching or Volunteer

We need coaches!!! We can only create teams if we have coaches willing to dedicate their time to the program. Coaches can coach their children and can share responsibility with another coach. Two coaches per team are ideal. We also need volunteers for Judging and additional help at the competition in the spring.

 
 

For questions, please reach out laureloakpto@gmail.com

What is First Lego League?

 

            With the guidance of two parent coaches, our team (up to 10 members) will apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts to solve a real-world problem. The team will design, build and program LEGO Education MINDSTORMS EV3 robots to perform autonomous “missions” on a themed playing field and design innovative solutions to a real-world problem inspired by the theme.

 

            This is an academic competitive team-based program but we do not focus on winning. The focus is about the creative journey and working with others in a team format. It is a wonderful opportunity to see your child work on a team to solve problems (just like we have to do in our jobs). Some of the takeaways of the experience are that they build confidence and are able to reflect on how far along they have come along.

 

Who is Eligible to Participate

 

All LOE students are eligible from 4th– 5th grade.

There will only be one team made up of 8 students

 

  • Primary: 1st – 2nd grade. All teams will have the same problem to solve and this is not a competitive team but they get a chance to be selected by lottery to attend states and share their solution.

  • Division 1: 3rd – 5th grade. Competitive teams that choose from various problems to solve (mechanical, structural, dramatic)

 

Considerations & Time Commitment

 

  • Complete the introduction interview - The school coordinator, coaches and or school staff will ensure each student is prepared for the program by meeting new students and evaluating their readiness and assessing which team would be most suited for them. 

 

  • Respectfulness - Students must exhibit respect for others and show discipline in each team meeting. Students must be willing to put in time outside of the team meetings to review their scripts, create props and work with their parents to understand the long-term problem that they are assigned to.

 

  • Parent Support - Outside of directly coaching, parents can support their child by working with the coach as needed. (Volunteer at regional events and help with practices, etc.)

 

  • Practice - 2-3 day a week – 45-90 minutes per meeting before school at LOE (coach determines practice day/time). January – February will require as much practice as coaches determine is needed. 

 

  • Practices will begin in September and all practices will be held off school property (for additional practices, parents and coaches can determine an appropriate location)

 

Coaching or Volunteer

We need 2 - 3 coaches with a strong preference of team member's parents as the coaches.

For questions, please reach out laureloakpto@gmail.com

What is First Tee Golf Team

 

            This program is run by The First Tee Organization of Naples, FL. There are 4-6 matches in the season that take place at area golf courses. Students who make the team will be required to attend a weekly golf practice in addition to their match that week. The A team will compete in the finals held in mid-November.

 

Who is Eligible to Participate

 

All LOE students are eligible from 3rd– 5th grade.

Students must try out. Spots available for 10 - 20 students

 

  • Students must register to try-out

  • Students must follow the code of the First Tee

  • Once registered, tryout details will be emailed to parents

 

Considerations & Time Commitment

 

  • 1 Tryout - Tryouts will consist of 3-4 hole of golf. Students will be asked to play by the same rules as they would in a competition. To learn more about the First Tee, go to: website

 

  • Practice -1 day a week – location TBD

  • Practices will begin in September and all practices will be held off school property 

  • Team competitions are lead by the First Tee and schedule will be provided once LOE teams are established

 

Coaching or Volunteer

Parents will be the coach this year! A Coordinator is needed.