Something about OotM appeals to everyone – whether it’s performance, writing, music, art, design, engineering or something else entirely. All students stand to benefit from this experience.

Participation can be facilitated by a teacher, parent or any volunteer with a passion for the program. There’s no “right” way to form a team, and no single method or selection process will produce one that’s more likely to succeed than any other. However it’s assembled, each team will present a range of personalities and interests that will take the educational tools of the program and forge them into something unique.

Here are just a few ways to find team members and some advice on building a team.

To start, you might consider kids who are already friends. If you’re a parent who wants to coach your child’s team, his/her friends are as good a group as any to face the challenges of team building, communication, and critical thought.

Though, for a variety of reasons, friendship isn’t always a feasible means of selection — you and your child may be new at a school, or you may not be a parent at all. In which case, you should recruit.

With administrative approval, hold an informational meeting at your school/community group. Post fliers around campus inviting students who may be interested in joining a team or just want to learn more about the program. Appeal to their innate curiosity and imagination…be creative!

If your meeting generates an enormous response, you might start an after school club (once a week, for example, for X number of weeks). Contact us for the kinds of activities that are engaging for kids and will also help identify children to shepherd through a season of creative problem solving.

And review the section here about “Finding Coaches,” because you may need more of them, too!