Odyssey of the Mind State Competition

Energetic Engineers group photo Brainiacs group photo

Two Odyssey of the Mind teams represented Johnstown at the state competition this past Saturday, held at Binghamton University. Both earned their spots by finishing first in their division at the regional competition last month.  The teams spent months creating an eight minute skit that they also performed for Warren Street School last Tuesday.  Students on the Odyssey teams come up with the ideas needed to solve a given problem, creating all their own props, scenery and costumes.  Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods and other lifelong skills while having fun in the process.

The fifth grade team, who call themselves the Energetic Engineers, had a remarkable finish for their first year competing in the program.  To everyone’s amazement, they finished fifth in the state!  They competed against 16 other teams on Saturday and were recognized at the closing awards ceremony.  Their creativity, teamwork, and enthusiasm show what this program is all about!  The team was also invited to perform for Glebe Street students at their April Morning Program before heading to competition this past weekend.

Students who are interested in joining the program next year should watch for information to come out in September.  This enrichment program is currently offered at Warren Street and Knox Junior High.  As the program develops, the plan is to expand to other buildings in our district as well.  Parents are encouraged to check out the program and consider volunteering as a coach.  For more information please watch the following YouTube video: http://youtu.be/cWHP64kUhWc

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