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Magee middle schoolers to compete in battle of the brains

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Magee middle schoolers to compete in battle of the brains

CREATED Apr. 6, 2013
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
Reporter: Jennifer Waddell 
 
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Think for a second about all the studies that put American students in the basement for school achievement. All of those reports that claim kids aren't smart enough to compete on a global level.
 
Now, take all of those thoughts and throw them out the window. You're about to meet some students from Tucson who have the brains and they're about to prove it.
 
These students are cashing in on a lot of hard work. They are Magee Middle School students mastering some serious material. 
 
"We're trying to make an imaginary email system that could travel eight feet in a creative way," says Eighth Grader, Alex Riddle. 
 
Riddle and his Odyssey of the Minds teammates will meet in in a battle of the brains Saturday morning in the state competition.
 
"It's pretty much where fine arts meets engineering," says Seventh Grader, Heather Lewis. 
 
Giving students a problem to solve creatively can be a little confusing, even for the parents.
 
"My daughter thinks differently than I do, so I don't think I could've," Parent Jon Lipp said. 
 
Odyssey of the Mind promotes critical creative thinking and gives these kids some serious social skills.
 
"Before this I was just a shy kid and not that outgoing and I didn't like science, but after this I knew I had a way to branch out and get creativity from other's synergy," Riddle said. 
 
Yes, he just used synergy in context. 
 
"I know most of the people in Odyssey, we're all really good in school, Lewis told 9OYS. "[ I ] don't mean to sound narcissistic."
 
Yes, she just used narcissistic in context. Carry on Heather - tell us about how you made vehicles to transport pieces to build a horse.
 
"No, it's really good we use math and science so much here. All the vehicles are planned through it," Lewis continued.
 
All of the planning leads up to Saturday, where we hope it's smooth sailing for the Magee OM team.

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