What is Odyssey of the Mind?
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. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. To learn more visit http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/
Who is CIA?
Creativity In Arkansas (CIA) is a non-profit organization of parents, teachers and other community members that sponsors the Odyssey of the Mind program in Arkansas. Arkansas Odyssey of the Mind was established in 1982 by Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE) to help Arkansas students participate in the nationally recognized program Odyssey of the Mind.
CIA was founded in 1999 to take over the leadership of Arkansas Odyssey of the Mind. The board of directors of CIA is composed of parents, teachers and concerned community members that donate their time to helping put forth a quality program of creative problem-solving.
There are four regions with representation: Delta, Natural, Diamond, and Ozark. CIA hosts regional and state competitions to prepare students to compete at World Finals Odyssey of the Mind. CIA is affiliated with the Odyssey of the Mind program sponsored by Creative Competitions, Inc. The CIA organization is a member of the Arkansas Activities Association. The Arkansas legislature provides some funds to help teams attend World Finals Odyssey of the Mind.
Thousands of students from kindergarten through college have participated in the Arkansas Odyssey of the Mind program over the last 40 years.