Students raising money to compete in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals
Five elementary students from South Lake Tahoe are trying to raise money to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University May 26 to 29.
The team, composed of fourth and fifth graders from Sierra House Elementary School and St. Theresa School, won first place at the California Odyssey of the Mind competition March 27 in Brentwood. The team now advances to the international competition.
The team includes Zoe Greco, Annabelle Dressler, Jessie Brown and Kale Spina of Sierra House Elementary School and Darcy Daly of St. Theresa School. All of the students are in fifth grade except Brown, a fourth grader. The coach is Bonnie Turnbull, Brown’s mother.
Turnbull said the team was surprised by the win, since most first-year teams are just getting a feel for the rules of the competition. Not thinking they placed, the group skipped the awards ceremony and returned to South Lake Tahoe. They received the notification a day later.
“It was our first year,” Turnbull said. “That’s part of why it’s astounding that we’ve done it.”
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students 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.
The South Tahoe team’s project was to craft a projectile from common materials, including a hat, rubber bands, paper, pennies and pencils that would sail over a barrier, under a rail and hit a target 20 feet away. The students had to complete the project in under four minutes. They also presented a theatrical performance with puppets and props.
To make a donation to the team, contact Sierra House Principal Ryan Galles at (530) 543-2327. For information about the competition, visit http://www.odysseyofthemind.com.
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