Michigan State University is about to experience a surge of creativity starting today, May 22 through May 25, while hosting the 34th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. The campus is expected to have over 15,000 guests, both students and parents on campus during the World Finals.
According to the website, Odyssey of the Mind “is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.” This year over 800 international teams from 25 countries and throughout the U.S., will compete in creative problem solving “that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.” These teams diligently work and vigorously compete all year from regional to state levels to reach the finals.
The program is supported by the non-profit organization, Creative Opportunities Unlimited (COU). According to their website, COU strives “to support members and teams participating in the Odyssey of the Mind School Program by providing scholarships, financial assistance and other services in order to enable teams to succeed in their continued quest for creativity and excellence,” according to their website.
Of particular interest to CAS students, faculty and friends is the Creativity Festival that will be held every day starting on Thursday, May 23, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Jenison Fieldhouse. The festival is free and open to the public with various booths and entertainment from NASA E-Theater to the Odyssey Angels. Check here for further dates, times, and locations for the Creativity Festival.
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