April 6, 2017

Delaware Valley dominates at Odyssey of the Mind state tournament

DVHS Technical team displays their rare "Renatra Fusca" award for exceptional creativity

MOON PA – Eight teams from Northeast Pennsylvania will compete on the international stage at the creative problem-solving Odyssey of the Mind World Finals this May. They were crowned world finalists at the Pennsylvania State Finals tournament on April 1.

Odyssey of the Mind is a worldwide K-12 competition that emphasizes teamwork and thinking outside the box, while giving students an outlet to nurture and showcase their creative engineering, technical, performing arts, and visual arts skills.

“It’s amazing to see what the students come up with every year,” said Ryan Balton, PA Odyssey of the Mind public relations director. “We have some of the brightest and most talented students right here in NEPA. While developing creative problem solving skills that they can take to college, the workplace, and their day-to-day lives, they are consistently among the best competitors in the world.”

Four teams from the Delaware Valley School District are heading to the World Finals. The DV Elementary, Middle, and High School teams swept second place in the technical problem “Odd-a-Bot.” The students had to create a robot that performed human tasks. The final team from the district was the DVHS vehicle team, which placed first in “Catch Us If You Can.” The team created three small vehicles that had to drive through a course to have a secret meeting.

In addition to receiving second place, the DVHS technical team won the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award for extreme creativity and risk-taking. Only three of these awards were given out among the 173 teams that competed.

Also representing NEPA at World Finals will be Preston Area School’s (Wayne Highlands School District) structure team, which earned second place. Pocono Mountain East High School’s classics team tied for second place.

The 38th annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals will be May 24 to 27 at Michigan State University.

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