Holy Family's Trip to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals
Organized by: Kathryn Pickens
EVENT DATE May 29, 2014
This year, Holy Family Cathedral School implemented the Odyssey of the Mind Program. Out of the 6 teams from the school, one is going to World Finals.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students of all ages. Team members 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 local, state, and World level. See odysseyofthemind.com for more info.
Along the way, this Holy Family team of six 3rd-5th graders sawed their way through a dozen 1x2’s in frigid weather; discovered that three nails simply isn’t as secure as a well-placed screw; and indulged their love of duct tape as the ultimate solution to all of life’s problems. They also traveled from a group of very independent boys who started this ‘odyssey’ criticizing each other and unable to work together to a team of six young men who are able to offer constructive criticism and encourage each other to work as a team. Their coach says, “Each of these boys has grown in their ability to think independently and creatively. More importantly, they have grown in critical life skills such as being able to work as a member of a team. I was not familiar with the program when I volunteered to coach. I discovered that this is truly a student-led program. Adults provide a safe work environment, but the students come up with their own solutions and try them. When a concept fails, they think it through and try something else. It has been fascinating to watch these young minds work through the problem to see the end result.”
This team qualified for the World Finals to be held at the end of May at Iowa State University. The cost for lodging, meals, and transportation is approximately $6,500. The students are fundraising within the school, and any additional support is greatly appreciated! Thank you!