The Mendon Center Elementary tea, made up of two girls and four boys who are in fifth grade at Mendon Center and Allen Creek Elementary schools, advanced to the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.
The MCE team won first place in their division at the Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition that was held March 10 on the Churchville-Chili school campus. The MCE team participated in the Animal House challenge, which required them to build a balsa wood tower structure designed to hold as much weight as possible and to also write and perform their own eight-minute play related to the challenge. Forty-four school districts in the region competed in the overall event. The MCE team advanced to compete in the New York State Competition held at Binghamton University.
The MCE team competed against the top 16 teams from across the state April 7. The MCE team won first place in their division at the New York State Odyssey of the Mind competition that was held at the University of Binghamton. Winners at the state level then move on to compete at the World Finals on May 23-26 in Ames, Iowa. The team will be represent New York State at the 2018 Odyssey World Competition for their problem Animal House — Division I.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. The worldwide competition in which teams of students are presented with “problems” which they must solve in positive and creative ways. Each team must create every part of its “solution” by writing a unique script, building sets, creating props and designing costumes. Also at the competition, the teams are given an on-the-spot “spontaneous” problem to solve. The combination of long-term problem-solving, style/creativity, and spontaneous problem-solving produces a confident, able student.
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