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IC's Odyssey of the Mind Team Scores at World Finals

Written by Meredith Farley

2008 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

The Ithaca College chapter of Odyssey of the Mind placed among more than 800 teams at the organization's World Finals, an annual creative problem-solving competition. The team traveled to the University of Maryland to compete with schools from throughout the U.S. and worldwide.

This is the second time in only three years that the student-run, independent team has had success at the international competition. IC's Odyssey of the Mind team took top honors in 2006, the first year that they competed.

Over 18,000 people came to see the games, including the program’s prestigious sponsors.

"Our sponsor NASA was in attendance as well as representatives from the Discovery Channel, who were awarded our Creativity Award for their creative programming and support of creative education around the world," says Jennifer Veale from Odyssey's media relations. "We want to give students creative problem-solving skills, so they can explore their interests while making the world a better place."

The competition featured five challenges: Odyssey Road Rally, DinoStories, The Wonderful Muses, Tee Structure, and The Eccentrics. Ithaca College’s team placed third in the Wonderful Muses challenge, and ninth in The Eccentrics. Teams do not have to compete in all five categories.

There are two parts to each problem: a spontaneous challenge in which students answer questions that they’re presented with on the spot, and a long-term challenge in which the team performs an eight-minute skit illustrating their solution, which they have worked on for several months.



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