Assumption Eighth Graders Master Odyssey of the Mind, Head to World Finals

Published : Friday, March 29, 2019 | 4:57 AM

Eighth-graders from Pasadena’s Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School topped their division in the Odyssey of the Mind Southern California state tournament March 23 and punched a ticket to the world finals.

The competition was held at University of California Irvine where the Assumption team successfully dispatched with the likes of Belvedere Elementary School, Warm Springs Elementary School, and Adobe Bluffs Elementary School, to take home “OMER to the Rescue” Division II crown.

They now advance  to the Odyssey of the Mind Association World Finals at Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich.

It is to be held May 22 through May 25 and will feature a Creativity Festival, an International Festival, a Coaches and Officials Competition, National Aeronautics and Space Administration-sponsored programs, competitions, and other creative events.

The public can watch the competitions and attend some of the activities for free.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students.

Teams from kindergarten through college compete in either a long-term problem-solving competition which may take up to three months to complete, or a spontaneous competition where they are required to generate solutions to a problem they have not seen before.

Prior to the state finals, the L.A. basin regional competition was held at Westlake High School on March 2.

The Assumption squad battled with teams from all over Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, to solve a problem where they had to construct a vehicle that could be taken apart, stored in a container, then reassembled.

The team placed first in Division II (Grade 6 to 8).

For more information about the SoCal State Tournament, visit www.socalodyssey.org/state-tournament/state-tournament-schedule.

To learn more about the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, visit www.odysseyofthemind.com/wf2019/2019-world-finals.

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