odyssey of the mind competition to be held on saturday, march 3

Update on New York State competition

March 31, 2012

The Glen-Worden 'weird science' Odyssey of the Mind team, the only S-G Odyssey of the Mind team to win in regional competition and compete at the state level, finished with a cumulative score of 327.71, placing them third out of 18 elementary teams in the state.

They were one notch away from competing in the Odyssey of the Mind world competition at Iowa State University  May 23-27. The top two teams in each category compete in the world's competition.

The state competition was held on the State University of New York at Binghamton campus.

Congratulations to the team! The Glen-Worden team is coached by Gregg Zeman and Irene Berry. The student members are Victoria Darling, Lily Cremo, Allie Jerreld, Ciara Molumby, Jen Perry and Mary Zeman.


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Update on regional competition

March 4, 2012

The "Weird Science" team from Glen-Worden placed first out of nine teams to win Saturday's regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in that category with a cumulative score of 338.76. The team moves on to the state Odyssey of the Mind competition in Binghamton on March 31.

Here is the complete list of final performances from Saturday's regional competition at Shenendehowa HS. [MORE]

The Glen-Worden team is coached by Gregg Zeman and Irene Berry. The student members are Victoria Darling, Lily Cremo, Allie Jerreld, Ciara Molumby, Jen Perry and Mary Zeman.

All of the Scotia-Glenville teams did an excellent job during Saturday's competition.


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February 29, 2012

After months of interpretation, work and building, more than 100 Scotia-Glenville students will use their creative mental juices to compete against other area school teams at the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition this Saturday, March 3, at Shenendehowa High School East, Route 146, Clifton Park.

Odyssey imageThere are 12 Scotia-Glenville teams in grades 3-8 and five teams of primary students in kindergarten to grade 2 competing during the day. In all, 112 S-G students at all four elementary schools and the middle school will participate. Students "solve" one of five problems in three divisions - elementary (Division I - grades 3 to 5), middle school (Division II ) and high school (Division III) - and in the primary category (kindergarten to grade 2) for younger participants. There is not a high school team at S-G.

S-G Odyssey of the Mind District Coordinator Amanda Shults (email: scotiaootm@yahoo.com) said the teams thrive by having fellow students, family members, teachers and staff attend and watch the teams perform. "We look forward to seeing some of our community, family and friends on competition day," she said.

Odyssey is in its fifth year at Scotia-Glenville, having begun at the Sacandaga Elementary School in the 2006-07 school year. Here's a glimpse of the history of the program over the past five years. [MORE] PDF


Click on the image above for more information about Saturday's event, including descriptions of the problems, locations of the competitions and the team schedules (PDF).

Here are the specific times for all of the school teams, including the Scotia-Glenville teams, which are highlighted in yellow. [MORE] PDF

Here is the list of student and volunteer coach members who are competing on Saturday. [MORE] PDF


The area program is sponsored through the Arts and Enrichment Program at the Capital Region BOCES. [MORE]

The top regional teams on Saturday will advance to the New York State Finals Tournament at SUNY Binghamton on Saturday, March 31. State winners advance to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, May 23-27, at Iowa State University.


Two Scotia-Glenville teams went to the state competition in 2011

Last year, Odyssey of the Mind teams from Glen-Worden and the Middle School placed first in regional competitions and competed at the state Odyssey tournament at SUNY Binghamton. Read more about that competition. [MORE]

Glen-Worden's team placed 16th out of 17 school teams at the state competition.

The Middle School team placed 9th out of 16 school teams at the state competition.


What does Odyssey of the Mind teach students?

For the past 25 years, Odyssey of the Mind has become an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.

Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

Odyssey of the Mind runs from October through March and teaches students how to think divergently by providing 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.

Check out this link that further details the benefits of the program for children. [MORE]


Thank you for your support of the Scotia-Glenville Odyssey of the Mind program

The school district not provide sufficient funding for the costs of the Odyssey program. Area businesses and organizations as well as the S-G school PTAs provided donations to the program this year:
Mohawk Honda, $50; BA Construction, $100; Scotia Rotary, $100; Richard Hoskinson, DDS, $50; Scotia Lions Club, $50 and 1st National Bank of Scotia, $100.

Each school PTA contributed $90 each.


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