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Friday May 17, 2019 at 1:52pm Age: 94 days
Category: Intermediate, District


IT’S ALMOST TIME! The Minisink Valley Intermediate School Odyssey of the Mind team is going to WORLD COMPETITION!


The Intermediate School held a sendoff celebration for the team today, May 17, where students and faculty wished them well. They hoped their cheers for success bring them good luck and victory! There, the team performed their skit for the entire school.


 World competition will be held May 22 to 15 at Michigan State University in Lansing and team members will depart starting Monday night.


The team of Faith Padavano, Sylvia Glebocki, Olivia Pollock, Samuel Blake, Samantha Kassel, Luciano Palacios and Fiona Talbot won first place in its division at the New York State Odyssey of the Mind competition on March 23 and will now present “OMER to the Rescue Again” to a new field of competitors from across the nation AND world!


For this problem, OMER, OM’s “raccoon mascot,” and his sidekick traveled to different places with suitcases holding all parts of an OMER-mobile vehicle. Both assembled and rode on the vehicle, which needed to function in different ways, “to save the day.”


Between attempts, the vehicle was disassembled, put back into the suitcases, and taken to a different area where it was reassembled and driven again. Finally, the OMER-mobile was thrown a hero’s parade as a show of appreciation.


An international education program providing creative problem-solving opportunities


OM is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.


Team members work together at length to solve a predefined long-term problem and present their solution to the problem at a competition. They must also participate in the spontaneous portion of the competition by generating solutions to a problem they have not seen before.


While the long-term problem solution often takes many months to complete and involves various elements of theatrical performance, construction and design, the spontaneous portion occurs the day of the competition.


They bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

Watch for photos of the team's presentation of their skit, presented today to the entire Intermediate School, AFTER World Competition is over.  This is to safeguard the creativity of the design of their props, costumes and actual performances from other competitors.