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Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 9:34am Age: 2 yrs
Category: District, Intermediate

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAM TAKES 2ND PLACE AND HIGHEST SCORE IN SPONTANEOUS PROBLEM SOLVING


The intermediate school’s Odyssey of the Mind team earned a proud second place finish at the regional tournament on Saturday, March 12, in Goshen. 

 

The Odyssey of the Mind program teaches students how to think divergently by providing creative opportunities to solve open-ended problems in a team setting. The annual regional tournament presents these quirky, fun and challenging problems – and their innovative solutions – in a dynamic competition that fuses engineering arts, performance, teamwork and learning.

 

Coached by Art teacher Stefani Caporlingua, the 5th-grade students competed against nine other schools in Division I, Problem 5, which involved the creation of a theatrical production. 

 

“This group is very new to the Odyssey experience, myself included, so it was highly unlikely that they would even place. But, the hard work and the effort paid off,” Mrs. Caporlingua said.

 

Perhaps even more impressive was that the team scored the highest of any team participating in the spontaneous problem category. The spontaneous problem is one of the most challenging components of Odyssey of the Mind. Students enter a room alone, without their coach or any other adults, and are presented with a surprise problem by a judge. The idea is to test how well they can solve a problem in-the-moment.

 

The bright and creative team includes Brighton Blake, Shealagh Buckley, Dylan Jueres, Alexandra Kassel, Jenna-Marie Renna and Jonathan Samse. Congratulations to all!