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Mindset Breaking Experience

A Creating Problem-Solving Adventure

Contest Support provided by UT Tyler School of Education & Psychology
To REGISTER STUDENTS beginning October 18, click here for the General Info page and scroll to the Register Students section. You can also access a document, How to Register Students on that page.

In Mindset Breaking Experience© each team demonstrates its collective ability to think divergently in solving problems and is scored on creativity and effectiveness of the solution. Problems may be verbal, tactile, kinesthetic, or a combination.
Preliminary rounds are held for each level in November with the Final round held in late January or early February.
There are four levels of competition:
  • Primary - Grades K through 2
  • Intermediate - Grades 3 through 5
  • Middle School - Grades 6 through 8
  • High School - Grades 9 through 12
Each school or group may register 1 team for Primary, Intermediate, and Middle School levels and 2 teams for the High School level. Teams consist of 5 to 7 members.
The objective in coaching is to break mindsets that limit how resources can be used and help the team learn to work cooperatively and creatively in solving challenges.


  • Students from teams which do not place receive a participation certificate.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places are awarded in each level.
  • Members of placing teams receive a place ribbon and the team receives a trophy.
2020 Primary Prelims
2020 Intermediate Prelims
2020 Middle School Prelims
2020 High School Prelims
2020 Primary Finals
2020 Intermediate Finals
2020 Middle School Finals
2020 High School Finals
2020 Primary 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Teams
2020 High School 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Teams
2020 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Intermediate Teams
2020 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Intermediate Teams
2020 Middle School Team
2020 High School Team
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