Arizona Odyssey of the Mind

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Latest News

March 12, 2018 – AZ Odyssey of the Mind Scholarship Opportunity

Calling all graduating seniors!  Please check out this Arizona Odyssey of the Mind Senior Scholarship application; due March 15, 2018. Don’t wait, it’s right around the corner!

March 1, 2018 – Central Region Tournament Road Closure

CENTRAL REGION TOURNAMENT – IMPORTANT INFORMATION: ROAD CLOSURE
The City of Tolleson will be having a Mariachi Festival on March 3rd. Van Buren will be closed between 91st Ave to 94th Ave. See below for alternate directions.

ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS TO P H GONZALES:
Please come south off of the 1 10 on 99th Avenue (Exit 133A). Head south on 99th Avenue to W. Pierce St. Turn east (left) on W. Pierce St. to 95th Avenue. Turn north (left) onto 95th Avenue. The school entrance is on the right.

January 27, 2018 – State Tournament Information

This year’s State Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson.  Further information regarding the state tournament will be provided as we approach the date.

February 22, 2017 –  Structure Team Internet Research and Other Outside Assistance Precautions:

The Internet is a great tool for learning basic concepts of engineering and building.  To some degree, the Internet levels the playing field for those teams who might not have access to experts in the field. Additionally, Internet resources, such as YouTube, do not explain how to solve the current problem; they just provide information that otherwise might be passed down from team to team in a particular program but not be readily available to teams in programs without that history. One of the goals of Odyssey is to foster research skills and online sources are included in that purpose. Teams should research the basic information just as they might learn to use a sewing machine by watching tutorials about how to sew and then apply those skills to develop their solution to the current year’s problems.

Teams are cautioned not to post pictures or video of their solutions to the current problems as this could create an outside assistance issue.

New this year: At tournaments, the only people who will be able to take pictures or video a performance will be team identified supporters. The competition site will be set-up in approximately the configuration shown in the attached diagram. (note – the configuration may be flipped or rotated due to the particular room used at each tournament.)

Weigh-in:

Teams should anticipate and plan for weighing in their structures as early in the tournament morning as possible. Weigh in may take up to 45 minutes per team and for the large tournament we anticipate that this may cause some delays in the process.

August 6, 2016 – For information regarding registration for the 2016-2017 school year, please click on the Registration tab above.