The Learning Center Charter School fielded three Odyssey of the Mind teams for the 2017-2018 school year and all three teams advanced past the regional competition and advanced to state level competition.
Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an international educational program that provides creative problem solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members use creative problem solving skills in a range of scenarios from building mechanical devices to presenting dramatic interpretations of literary classics.
Thousands of OM teams across the U.S. and from approximately 25 other countries participate in the program. Students in the program work together as a team preparing for months before the competition. Team members learn valuable skills such as creative and critical thinking, global awareness, cooperative planning, and complex technical and artistic problem solving.
The charter school took two middle school and one elementary team to the Western Regional Tournament on March 3, 2018. One middle school team earned 1st place in their category and both the elementary and other middle school team nabbed 2nd place wins. As such, all three teams advanced to state competition.
The State Finals Tournament was held at Wingate University in Wingate, NC on March 24, 2018. The middle school teams placed 4th and 8th and the elementary school team placed 9th.
Judy Coleman, OM Director at the school, said, “I am incredibly proud of all of our teams. They all performed exceptionally well!”