Students on 14 teams from the four Scotia-Glenville elementary schools and middle school faced off today in the Region 7 competition for Odyssey of the Mind, coordinated by the Capital Region BOCES.
The event, which drew 650 students from 14 area school districts, was held at Shenendehowa High School.
Final results will be posted when they are available.
The winners of the 16 regional competitions will head to the state competition being held at SUNY Binghamton on Saturday, March 26. The top-scoring teams from that event competes at the 2011 World Odyssey of the Mind finals being held at the University of Maryland, May 27-30.
The Odyssey of the Mind program teaches students how to think divergently by providing solutions to open-ended problems in a team setting.
Embedded in the process are 21st Century Skills
such as Creativity, Innovation and Problem Solving, Critical
Thinking, Global Awareness, Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills,
Self-Direction and Adaptability. Students incorporate their own
skills and interests into the solutions. This could mean singing,
playing instruments, skating or gymnastics — anything they want as
long as it aids in solving one of these five problems:
#1 – Extreme Mousemobiles: Teams will design, build and run vehicles that use mousetraps as their only source of energy.
#2 – As Good as Gold…berg: Teams will present an uncomplicated existing item that is used in a simple and effective way to complete a real life task.
#3 – Le Tour Guide: Teams will create and present an original performance in which a classical character acts as a Tour Guide.
#4 – Unhinged Structure: Teams must design and build a structure using only balsa wood and glue that folds into itself without coming apart.
#5 – Full Circle: Teams will create and present a humorous performance in which something changes form or appearance at least three times and eventually undergoes a final change, through which it returns to its original form and appearance.
Primary (for grades K-2 only) Money Maker: Teams will create and present a humorous performance about a character that tries to make money from wild ideas.
Students compete in the age divisions: Division
1 is elementary, Division II is middle school and Division 111 is
high school. Each problem is offered in all three divisions (except
primary, which is one level for students in kindergarten to grade
Among Scotia-Glenville's 14 teams:
• Single teams from Sacandaga, Glendaal and Glen-Worden competed in Extreme Mousemobiles, Division 1
• Two teams from the middle school competed in As Good as Gold...berg, Division II
• Single teams from Glen-Worden and Glendaal competed in Le Tour Guide, Division I
• One middle school team competed in Le Tour Guide, Division II
• A middle school team competed in Unhinged Structure, Division II
•Single teams at Glendaal and Lincoln competed in Full Circle, Division I
• A middle school team competed in Full Circle, Division II
• Single teams from Glen-Worden and Sacandaga competed in the Primary Money Maker
Here is a picture of the 14 teams who participated this year:
Thanks to these businesses for their help and assistance with the program this year:
• Mohawk Honda
• British American
• Tunison family
• Scotia-Glenville Elks
• Scotia Rotary