Presbyterian School Students Place 8th at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

May 30, 2012

The Presbyterian School 7th grade Odyssey of the Mind team took 8th place in their Division and Problem at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals held at Iowa State University, May 23-26.

Presbyterian School 7th grade Odyssey of the Mind team at World Finals. From left to right, Simon, Katharine Juden, Lauren Childers, Emma Shea, Angelica Carrizal, Julian Castro, Coach Rani Shea and Abbey Rank.

The 7th Grade Team includes Angelica Carrizal, Julian Castro, Lauren Childers, Katharine Juden, Abbey Rank, Emma Shea and Jessica Simon.

There were a total of 815 teams competing in the World Finals with approximately 6,000 competitors.  Presbyterian School competed against 58 of the 815 teams within their same division and problem, with two teams from Singapore and one team from North Carolina placing in the top three.  Presbyterian School placed ahead of teams throughout the United States as well as India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, South Korea and Canada.

The Odyssey of the Mind World Finals brought students from around the world to compete in an arena focused on creativity and teamwork.  While the competition was fierce, there was also a feeling of camaraderie among competitors.  Teams have the chance to learn about other cultures through a common goal: to be as creative as they can. The students also experienced many challenging activities provided by NASA, as well as participated in the Creativity Festival, the International Festival, the Float and Banner Parade, and the Opening Ceremony and Awards/Closing Ceremony.

Beginning in September, all the Presbyterian School Odyssey of the Mind team has been working on solving two types of “problems”…Spontaneous and Long Term.  Spontaneous Problems require students to think on their feet and work together as a team. They are given verbal, hands-on, or verbal and hands-on types of problems with just a few minutes to come up with a solution in front of a panel of judges.

The team also chooses to complete one of five Long Term Problems designed by this year’s National Odyssey of the Mind.  These are different kinds of problems, which appeal to different types of creativity.  Some of the problems are more technical in nature, while others are artistic or performance based.  While they have all year to develop a solution to their chosen Long Term Problem, students have approximately only 8 minutes to present their solutions to a panel of judges.

In both Spontaneous and Long Term problems, children are encouraged to look at something in a whole new way.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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