Three York County schools that sent teams to the Odyssey of the Mind World Championships are coming home without championships but the experience of their young lifetimes.
Dare Elementary, Yorktown Middle and Tabb High all sent teams to the world competition this past week at the Iowa State University in Ames. They were among 850 teams of seven who came from the world over to participate in this creative problem-solving contest.
All three teams earned the trip to the worlds after finishing first in their divisions at the state competition last month.
Yorktown Middle, whose seven-girl team tackled a superstition problem, finished highest of the three Triangle teams: 15th among 62. Their division was won by Anglo Chinese School from Singapore.
Dare Elementary’s Earth Trek problem-solvers came in 20th of 51. The winner was West Vincent Elementary from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
Tabb High’s team also solved the Earth Trek question. They finished 25 of 35 in their division. First place went to Hayes Foundation of Castleton, Vermont.
OM founder Dr. Sam Micklus said the competition recognizes exceptional creativity through a process based on innovative thinking.
“The end result isn’t always as important as thinking of new, creative ideas, which should also be rewarded,” said Micklus.
For an earlier story on the Yorktown Middle School team and the clever solution that earned a trip to the world championships, click here.