The Odyssey of the Mind (OoTM) is an international educational program whose mission is to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students of all ages. Tasked with solving open-ended problems, students develop creative and critical thinking skills, an understanding of leadership and team building dynamics, and time and resource management skills. These are necessary and invaluable assets as students mature and, ultimately, enter the workforce in their chosen field.
Team Tashua, comprised of six 3rd grade students, finished second 3rd-5th grade division at the recent Connecticut OoTM statewide tournament, earning an invitation to the World finals where they will compete against teams from 35 states and 15 countries worldwide. Modelled after the Olympics, the World finals is a four-day event and includes opening and closing ceremonies, competitions and a variety of creative activities for the teams and coaches, many provided by leading scientific and research organizations such as NASA.