The Learning Center! Charter School sent four teams to the Western Region North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind tournament on February 25th. Schools across Western North Carolina came together to compete in various problem-solving events for this competition held at McDowell High School in Marion, NC.
The line-up included a primary team (1st and 2nd graders) an elementary team (grades 3-5) and two middle school teams (grades 6-8).
The primary team received an honorary award called “OMER’s” for their incredible teamwork. The OMER’s Award is given to teams and individuals for showing Odyssey of the Mind spirit. It can be awarded to an individual or team who showed some type of artistic talent, good sportsmanship, teamwork, or for going beyond expectations to help others.
The elementary team won first place for their problem and division and they will advance to the State Competition to be held April 1st in Greensboro, NC.
Both middle school teams will also advance to State. Ms. Cheryl Catuto’s team took first place for their problem and division while Ms. Judy Coleman’s team took second place.
Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an international educational program providing creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Thousands of teams throughout the U.S. and from approximately 25 other countries participate in the program. Students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the regional, state, and world level.
Students participating in the program work together as a team preparing for months before the competition, learning valuable skills such as creative/critical thinking, global awareness, cooperative planning, and complex technical and artistic problem solving.
To raise money for the expenses needed for all of these teams to travel to State, be on the lookout for several ways you can help. This will include a Zaxby’s Fundraiser Night later this month.