A team of students from Blue Ridge School and Brookwood School competed in this year’s Odyssey of the Mind state tournament. The team placed second place in the Spontaneous category, third place in Creativity and fourth overall.
The team members were Andrea Mercado, Blue Ridge School; Lola Davis, Blue Ridge School; Fey Resendiz, Blue Ridge School; Sam Pressley, Brookwood School; Avaya Warmack, Brookwood School; and Lucy Hale, Brookwood School.
Georgia Odyssey of the Mind provides opportunities for children to work together to solve unusual and stimulating problems. The program philosophy is that the creativity, persistence and cooperation needed to complete Odyssey of the Mind problems will empower students to be more successful problem-solvers in their own lives and in future problem-solving situations.
The team’s problem was called “Odyssey ReOMvention”, and required the team to, “present a performance that identifies an original threat to the environment that self-replicates until a team-created technical reOMvention removes the threat.”
Andrea Mercado said that participating in Odyssey of the Mind taught her to approach problems from different perspectives and how to think outside of the box.
“I think Odyssey of the Mind is where you have to problem solve in a unique way,” Mercado said. “And you have to at least have some fun.”
The team said they learned a lot through the process of competing in Odyssey of the Mind.
“We learned how to create unique and creative solutions for problems,” Lola Davis said.
“I learned teamwork and how to speak up to people to share my ideas,” Lucy Hale said.
Because the students came from two different schools, many of them were meeting for the first time through Odyssey of the Mind. The students, who are in fifth grade this year, said it was nice to meet people from other schools that they will be in classes with next year at Hammond Creek Middle School.
“Odyssey of the Mind is a nice place to work together as a team,” Davis said. “It’s also a great place to meet new people and make friends.”
Avaya Warmack said she would encourage future Odyssey of the Mind teams to work together and have fun.
“You have to be flexible,” Warmack said. “If something’s not going your way, then you have to adapt to what’s happening.”
Pam Williams, gifted program teacher at Blue Ridge School, said the students’ success came from their ability to work together as a team.
“They used creativity, flexibility, strategic thinking, and team work to become a team of problem solvers for the long-term problem,” Williams said. “They were amazing during the spontaneous problem solving with creativity and quick thinking. We are so proud of this team and their dedication and hard work.”