Odyssey of the Mind is an international competitive program which emphasizes creative problem solving. Team members work together to design and create their own original performance which includes creating costumes, props, sets, writing scripts and building mechanical devices. Thousands of teams compete annually throughout the U.S. and in 25 countries around the world.
At this year’s regional tournament all three of Tri County’s Sand Lake Elementary teams advanced to the state finals. The teams each created unique solutions which included a TC Pizza delivery vehicle which was guided by a track and needed to overcome obstacles, a performance which took the audience into a video game world and provided an interpretation of the myth of Pandora’s Box and a side splitting play which combined chemistry and math humor into a silent movie theme.
Tri County was proud to have received a 1st place finish in the Vehicle problem, a 2nd place finish in the Classics problem and the coveted Renatra Fusca award for exceptional creativity in the Theatrics problem. MacNaughton Elementary also sent two primary teams to the regional tournament. While these were non-competitive teams, we have high expectations for them in the future.
On Saturday, March 21, the teams competed at the state finals and the 5th grade Vehicle problem team finished 2nd and will be advancing to the 2015 World Finals hosted at Michigan State University this May 20-24, for the first time in Tri County School’s history!
Visit the team’s go fund me account to help their trip: http://www.gofundme.com/pzr58k. They are also collecting pop cans and loose change. If you are interested in donating your pop cans or loose change you may contact Tory Mulholland by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.