Critical thinking lessons in local schools helps student teams capture competition

Lincoln Park Academy sent three high school teams to this year’s Odyssey of the Mind state competition. Odyssey of the Mind, often referred to as OM (although the official acronym is OotM), is a creative problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten through college. Team members work together at length to solve a predefined problem (the long term problem) and present their solution to the problem at a competition. They must also generate spontaneous solutions to a problem they have not seen before in the spontaneous competition. In an unprecedented turn of events, all three teams earned first place trophies and a position in the 2013 World Competition in Lansing, Michigan. These creative and dedicated problem solvers are now racing against the clock to raise the $ 18,000.00 they will need to fund their trip. With the deadline for payment just weeks away, they are applying all of their problem solving skills and talents to make this trip possible. These students, along with the students from Port St. Lucie High School who will also be moving onto world championships, are proof of the high caliber of critical thinking that is being fostered in St. Lucie County Schools. To help fund this project, please click on the following link to the Education Foundation: http://www.educationfoundationstlucie.org/p/14/fund-a-project.