By Judith Woods
Recently Milford’s Odyssey of the Mind Team placed second at the Delaware State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament in Middletown, Delaware and will represent Delaware at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University from May 24th to May 27th. This is this team’s second trip to World Finals in the past two years. They competed in Division 3, Problem 2, “Odd-a-Bot”, where they designed a robot which learns how to perform activities by imitating humans, with unexpected and humorous results.
Odyssey of the Mind is a science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) competition with emphasis on teamwork and creativity. A team’s scores include their long-term problem performance, style, and a spontaneous competition where they are given a problem to solve on the spot. Students begin working on their chosen problem in September and compete at the regional level and at the state level in March. Teams which place first or second at States advance to World Finals, where they compete against students from China, Russia, Poland, Singapore, and many other countries from around the world.
Milford’s winning team consists of Caleb Brownstein, Rhy’ana Johnson, Abby Baird, Delaney Dillon, Bella Keesler-Evans, Bethany Pasmore. and Jacob Keesler-Evans. The team is coached by Adam and Molly Brownstein. Milford’s secondary Odyssey of the Mind coordinator is Judith Woods, a teacher at Milford Central Academy. “Odyssey of the Mind is an outlet for our creative students. It enables them to stretch their intellect way beyond the bounds of the classroom. The confidence, social skills and soft skills the students gain from working together to solve Odyssey problems will go a long way towards our district goal of preparing our students to be college and/or career-ready citizens. It is amazing to see the chemistry these students have together, especially if they have worked together for several years as members of this team have done.”
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