TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Some of the best young creative minds and problem solvers from Amphitheater Public Schools are moving on to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind® 2018 World Finals next week in Iowa. In fact, more than one-third of the teams advancing from the entire state of Arizona (11 of 30) are from the district.
Eleven teams from eight schools including Copper Creek Elementary, Donaldson Elementary (2 teams), Innovation Academy, Mesa Verde Elementary, Rio Vista Elementary, Coronado K-8 School, Cross Middle School, and Canyon del Oro High School (3 teams) earned the right to compete against more than 800 teams from around the world during the 39th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals held from May 24-27, 2018 at Iowa State University.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. The competition emphasizes creativity and teamwork and has grown into the largest international creative problem-solving competition worldwide.
As one team coach described it, "Odyssey is like science and engineering meets theater and the arts."
Amphitheater has a long tradition of participation in the Odyssey of the Mind academic competition and has had teams advance to World Finals every year since 1989.
Amphitheater High School won a World Finals Championship in 2002.
In 2017, CDO's Kaitlyn Hsu earned an individual OMER Award at World Finals for exceptional talent as an artist for her 2D representation of Cupid's Psyche Revived. Only three OMERs were given (2 individuals and 1 team) out of 876 teams and 6,000 participants.
A full list of the state tournament results is available at: http://www.azodyssey.org.
For more information on the 2018 World Finals, visit: http://www.odysseyofthemind.com.