Dare County Odyssey of the Mind teams compete at state level this weekend

Published 7:52 am Saturday, March 25, 2023

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Five teams from Dare County advanced to the Odyssey of the Mind state tournament in Raleigh on March 25.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that encourages innovation and critical thinking. During Odyssey of the Mind competitions, students work together in groups with a coach to find creative solutions to long-term and spontaneous problems. Groups are given four months to solve, plan and complete their designs for the long-term problem. The spontaneous problem is announced during the competition and requires quick thinking from group members. Each team works together to develop their own solutions and showcase their work during a group performance.

These challenges encourage students to think outside the box and apply what they have learned in the classroom in the real world. Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics are academic subjects that are incorporated into each problem solving event.

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During the eastern regional tournament on February 25, members from Kitty Hawk Elementary School’s Team B placed first in “The Walls of Troy” event and Team C placed third in “The Most Dramatic Problem Ever” event.

First Flight Middle School’s team members earned first place in the “iCan” event and First Flight Elementary School’s team placed second in the “Pirates and Treasure” event.

Team members from Manteo Middle School came in third place in “The Most Dramatic Problem Ever” event.

These five teams from Dare County are competing against other high-ranking teams across North Carolina in the state tournament held at Wakefield Middle School and Wakefield High School March 25.