Tuesday, May 30th, 2023

It’s an Odyssey

Hundreds of K-12 Students to Descend on MU for Odyssey of the Mind

President Anderson takes a selfie at last year’s Odyssey

On Saturday, March 12, hundreds of K-12 students from around the East Coast of Pennsylvania will gather at Millersville University to participate in the annual Odyssey of the Mind competition.  More than 540 students on 83 teams will be competing across campus.

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.

For more than 25 years, students have learned creative problem solving skills, while having fun though the Odyssey of the Mind. By encouraging everyone to share ideas, even shy students are provided the opportunity to express themselves.

Students at last year’s Odyssey of the Mind competition

“Odyssey of the Mind gives students a space to develop their confidence in their own creativity as well as teamwork skills. The tournament promotes thinking outside the box” says Dr. Jill Craven.

Each year, five new competitive problems are presented to each team for them to solve. These long-term problems are solved over weeks and months. While some problems are technical in nature, others are artistic or performance based. Students are split up, working in groups with as many as seven students per team.

This unique program helps students develop team building skills, examine problems facing a real challenge without limiting possible solutions and potential success, and has helped teachers generate excitement in their students. The combination of long-term problem-solving, and spontaneous problem-solving produces a confident, able student.

Lorraine Lowrie will serve as Regional Director of East Central Pennsylvania, while Dr. Jill Craven will serve as the Tournament Director.

The Odyssey of the Mind competition will be held at 1 South George St. Millersville, Pa. The competition will take place from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

For more information visit the http://paodyssey.com/eastcentral


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