The U.S. Academic Triathlon is a creative thinking skills program and competition that teaches and rewards creative and divergent thought processes, cooperative brainstorming, general intellect, leadership and a flare for the dramatic–all while providing an entertaining, user-friendly format for both students and adults. Five-person teams also must display good sportsmanship and teamwork, and to exhibit the outcomes of their creativity and positive risk-taking.
Each U.S. Academic Triathlon Meet consists of three events worth 100 points each:
- P.A.R.T.Y. In a Box–An open-ended question leads to a team performance challenge and solution.
- Mind Sprints–Three short-term (10-minute) problems challenge teams verbally, logically and spatially.
- Face-Off!–Oral and written questions comprise this academic and concrete factual recall and deductive reasoning round.