Skaneateles Skaneateles elementary, middle and high school students had a typical strong showing at the Odyssey of the Mind competition held Saturday, March 10, with six teams winning their competitions and therefore heading to the state competition in Binghamton at the end of the month.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program in which students in grades four to 12 work in teams to come up with creative ways to solve problems.
Teams work on their skits, props and scenery for their solutions from fall through spring. The regional competition in which Skaneateles participates covers schools in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, including Skaneateles, Jordan-Elbridge, Port Byron, Weedsport, Moravia, Auburn, Union Springs, Cato-Meridian and Southern Cayuga.
According to the Odyssey of the Mind website (odyssey of the mind.com), the problems this year are:
The problem requires teams to design, build, and drive a vehicle that will travel a course where it will encounter three different situations. The vehicle will display a different human emotion for each encounter and one will cause it to travel in reverse. The team will create a theme for the presentation that incorporates the vehicle and the different emotions. The emphases will be on the technical risk-taking and creativity of the vehicle’s engineering for travel and change of emotional appearance.
The team will create and present a performance about a team of scientists on an expedition to uncover the cause of mysterious events. The team will select the location of the expedition from NASA Earth Observatory Photographs . The scientists will collect two samples and will report on their findings. The performance will also include a technical representation of the mysterious events, the appearance of actually traveling, and a team-created device that the scientists use on the expedition.
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