S-G Odyssey of the Mind team places third at states!

Picture of SG Odyssey of the Mind team at Binghamton UniversityCongratulations to Scotia-Glenville High School’s Odyssey of the Mind team, which placed third out of 16 teams at the state competition at Binghamton University on Saturday.

The team’s members are seniors Emily Adis, Lily Murphy,  Hannah Keane and Kate Hillis; junior Ciara Molumby, sophomore Katelyn Adis. They are coached by Irene Berry.

They used their creative skills to develop solutions to complicated problems and to perform those solutions in front of a panel of judges.

They were bested by teams from Geneseo and Vestal. They missed going to the World’s Competition in Iowa by less than 10 points. Check out their scores here – http://scores.nysoma.org/stateresults.php#P3D3

This was the fourth year in a row that the Scotia-Glenville High School Odyssey of the Mind team competed in the state finals.

The high school team won the regional tournament for Problem 3, Division III, on Saturday at Shenendehowa. They bested teams from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Shenendehowa and Cobleskill-Richmondville.

Three other Scotia-Glenville teams also competed at the regional event: two elementary and one Middle School, which placed third in the Classics… Mockumentary! Seriously? problem. The MS team outperformed teams from Draper Middle School and Mont Pleasant.

The High School team also performed a solution to this problem. All problems have an 8-minute time limit and is performed in front of a team of judges:

Classics… Mockumentary! Seriously?

There are often two sides to the same story. In this problem, characters don’t always agree as they recount the classic story where they appeared. The team will select a classic from a list and present different characters in a humorous documentary-style performance where details are added, denied, exaggerated, and disputed. There will be interviews, behind-the-scenes “clips,” and voice-overs that take the audience through the story and help present the events as they “really” took place. Whose side will you be on?

Odyssey of the Mind is 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 levels.

Odyssey of the Mind is designed to help students:

  • Identify challenges and think “outside of the box” to solve problems
  • Develop team-building skills by working with a team of 5-7 students
  • Nurture and develop the creative thinking process as a problem solving tool
  • Learn how to work within a budget and how important it is to reuse and recycle
  • Understand that there is not always just one way to solve a problem

Here’s the Odyssey of the Mind website http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/p/