CMS schools that also placed in the competition were:
Matthews – eighth place in Extreme Mousemobiles
Sharon – 17th place in Unhinged Structure
South Charlotte – fourth place in Le Tour Guide
Community House – sixth place in Le Tour Guide
Myers Park also placed 18th in Le Tour Grand, 27th in Unhinged Structure and 22nd in As Good as Gold...Berg.
The teams competed against schools from all over the country and world, including China, Germany, Poland, South Korea and Switzerland. Odyssey of the Mind began in 1978 with 28 schools from New Jersey and has grown steadily since then. The purpose is to help students learn to think creatively to solve problems and work with their peers as a team. Students are judged on how they apply their creativity, knowledge, skills and talents at the competitions. Students first examine the five problems' synopses that are released by Odyssey in the fall. The teams choose the problem they want to solve and work together by brainstorming different ways to solve the problem.
In addition to the problem of choice, which takes weeks and months to solve, participants were also given a spontaneous problem in the competition, which requires them to think on their feet. There’s no single right answer to any problem – it’s all open-ended and students are scored based on ingenuity and creativity.
Competitions were held at the local and state level earlier this year. Teams needed to place first or second in their division at the state tournament to qualify for the world finals.
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