Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential.
After many months of planning and practice, the Keystone Montessori students went to compete at Odyssey of the Mind. Our five teams travelled to Tolleson Union HS. There they tested their skills and creativity against the Arizona Central region. The students have grown with this new challenge and continue to develop their skills. Two of the Keystone teams will continue on to the State Competition at the end of March in Tucson.
Odyssey of the Mind problems have challenged students to design mechanical dinosaurs, invent new factory machinery, build working vehicles, write a new chapter to Moby Dick, put a twist on classic artworks, turn Pandora’s Box into a video game, and so much more. Since 1978, Odyssey of the Mind problems have challenged students to go beyond conventional thinking and incorporate creative problem solving in learning. Creative Problem Solving is a skill that needs to be nurtured and developed. While a conventional education is important, learning to solve problems creatively and confidently gives students an important edge in their education and career goals. There is creativity inside each of us and Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to tap into it so it can be applied to real-world problems.
Congratulations to the Keystone teams on their success and we all wish you luck as your journey continues to the State competition!