Odyssey of the Mind (aka O.M.)
Innovation Academy has an excellent Odyssey of the Mind program. O.M. is a world-wide creative problem solving program. Not only is a lot of fun, but it promotes "outside of the box" thinking and creative problem solving in students. O.M is comprised of teams. Each team has 5-7 members and 1-2 coaches. The team works most of the school year to find a creative solution to a problem, then they present their solution at a competition. Students must learn to collaborate and work together to create their solution -- and do it all on their own! Students also learn to work together to solve spontaneous problems. This is another part of the competition and not only requires the team to have excellent teamwork and communication skills, but challenges the students to think on their feet. If you would like more information please check out Southern Arizona's Odyssey of the Mind website at www.azodyssey.org or contact Mrs. LaRussa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AZ OM Mission Statement
Arizona Odyssey of the Mind Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote critical thinking and creative problem solving skills for students from kindergarten through college in a competitive setting.
AZ OM Vision Statement
In order to promote critical thinking and creative problem solving skills for students from kindergarten through college, Arizona Odyssey of the Mind envisions growing our membership, strengthening team achievement, and increasing community involvement and awareness.