Amphitheater Public Schools has been a proud participant in the worldwide Odyssey of the Mind competition for the past 31 years. Odyssey of the Mind was established in 1978 by Dr. C. Samuel Micklus, a teacher looking to inspire his students to think outside the box and solve problems creatively. The organization has continued to inspire kids to solve problems with unique solutions.

Students from the Amphitheater District compete in the Arizona Odyssey of the Mind competition every year. Every year since 1989 students from Amphitheater have advanced from regional competitions, to state competitions and onto the World Finals. Amphitheater is the top District in terms of participation and achievement in the Arizona Odyssey of the Mind program.

What is Odyssey of the Mind?

The program provides an opportunity for teams of students to compete through creative problem-solving. Students are presented with five open-ended problems to solve. In the past these have included projects such as building mechanical devices, creating balsa wood structures that hold hundreds of pounds, constructing vehicles to complete a task, presenting a theatrical performance, solving a dilemma or presenting an interpretation of a literary classic.

Participants in Odyssey of the Mind gain multiple valuable life skills when they compete, including how to socialize, manage resources, and think in new unique ways. The problems posed to students in Odyssey of the Mind competitions enable students to work with their teams and come up with creative solutions. Students are rewarded for “style” in their problem-solving, which allows participants to think and express ideas without fear of their ideas being ridiculed or rejected. At the end of the competition, the teams are presented with a “top secret” problem to solve using limited resources. Each problem in the Odyssey of the Mind competition prepares students for real-world problems.

If you have a child who learns by doing, who enjoys a challenge and who loves to find creative solutions to problems, please enroll in an Amphitheater school and join Odyssey of the Mind.

To learn more about the Odyssey of the Mind program, click here!

About Amphitheater Public Schools:

Amphitheater Public Schools has a long history of excellence, going back to 1893, when the first school opened with 11 students. Today the District has 21 campuses and more than 12,500 students. Amphi’s teachers are skilled and highly qualified. They participate in ongoing professional development, and many have national certification. They have excellent and well-proven strategies to enhance learning. Amphitheater Public Schools offer a demanding and rigorous curriculum aligned with current standards. The District’s educators focus on skills students need in today’s workplace, including creativity and innovation, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. We prepare students to meet the challenges of a changing world.

We invite you to explore all Amphi has to offer, from Preschool through 12th Grade by visiting Amphitheater Public School District home page as well as Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram @amphischools #DiscoverAmphi.

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