Teams from 12 schools win in Odyssey of Mind regional Students set sights on state event April 20

March 26, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

Teams from 12 county schools took top spots at a regional Odyssey of the Mind competition and are preparing for the state competition next month in Catonsville.

Odyssey of the Mind, an annual competition designed to teach children how to think creatively and solve problems, is open to students from kindergarten through college.

The state tournament will be held April 20 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Sixty-eight teams competed in the regional competition Saturday at Southern High School in Harwood. First- and second-place finishers from each school division moved on to the state level.

Teams from Glen Burnie and Archbishop Spalding high schools; Annapolis, Chesapeake, Corkran and Lindale-Brooklyn Park middle schools; Annapolis, Crofton Woods, Four Seasons, South Shore and Georgetown East elementary schools; and Indian Creek School, a private school in Crownsville, made it to the state competition.

Students had to pick from a list of five problems.

A team from Corkran Middle School took first place for "Crunch!" which required them to design and build a structure of balsa wood and glue able to support increasing amounts of weight and withstand being struck several times by a billiard ball.

At the high school level, Glen Burnie High School took first place for "Amusin' Cruisin' " which required it to design, build and drive a vehicle on two journeys.

Another Corkran team won second place for "Amusin' Cruisin'."

That problem was the most popular one this year, said Mary Ellen Ouslander, the enrichment teacher at Corkran who directed the county tournament.

Pub Date: 3/26/96

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