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Stamford Foundation Funds STEM Curriculum With Odyssey Program

Odyssey of the Mind students in Stamford found success with the STEM program last year, and now officials want to expand it.
Odyssey of the Mind students in Stamford found success with the STEM program last year, and now officials want to expand it. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford Public Education Foundation officials announced the further support of the Odyssey of the Mind program to encourage science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning in Stamford public schools by agreeing to continue to fund it.

Stamford public schools officials say the Odyssey of the Mind program was successful in Stamford in 2015. Foundation officials say they've now integrated the program into the variety of educational programs funded by the foundation.

"As we enter this next phase of growth, we believe that operating under (Stamford Public Education Foundation), which is an education-focused foundation, will afford additional exposure, a longer fundraising window, as well as offer future opportunities for growth and success, said Kim Kempton, local Odyssey of the Mind program director.

Kempton said her committee is working on ways to bring Odyssey programs to all schools, and to grow the program so that all interested students have a chance to participate.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international problem-based learning program that encourages students to take a creative approach to solving problems.

The objective of Stamford Odyssey of the Mind is to create a positive and creative experience, outside of the normal classroom, where participating students have fun, work collaboratively and are exposed to STEM learning.

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