GERMANTOWN DIVISION II TEAM TAKES THIRD PLACE IN ODYSSEY OF THE MIND WORLD FINALS COMPETITION IN AMES, IOWA (MAY 23-26, 2018)
Germantown PTSA’s Odyssey of the Mind division II team took third place for their division in the Odyssey World Finals in Ames, Iowa. The team of 7th and 8th graders performed their mockumentary of Alice in Wonderland, using the croquet match from the classic novel to discuss our use of, and addiction to, social media through behind-the-scenes encounters, interviews, and ingenious Wonderland sets and costumes.
More than 835 teams competed in Odyssey Worlds this year. The Germantown team competed against 66 teams from 16 nations and from states across the country to place third in this highly competitive problem and division. They were also ranked first in style for their problem.
Germantown’s partner team was a girl’s school from Singapore, with whom they exchanged gifts and encouragement on and off the stage. The seven students were able to attend many performances of different Odyssey problems by teams from countries including Japan, Poland, and Singapore, and were fortunate enough to have the founder of Odyssey of the Mind, Sam Micklus, attend their performance. It was an event they will remember all their lives.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international competition that teaches students how to develop creative problem-solving skills, while having fun in the process. By tapping into their creativity and discovering imaginative paths to cooperative solutions, students learn valuable skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems for a lifetime. Students who participate build their own props, write their own scripts, and create their own costumes to realize their ideas. Adult volunteers who coach and coordinate the program are only allowed to facilitate, not direct or otherwise contribute. It’s an exciting, empowering experience for the children in Germantown Central School, and it’s open to all students in both the upper and lower schools, free of charge and without any entry barrier.
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