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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016 4 years ago

Thornebrooke Elementary team headed to Odyssey of the Mind world finals

Seven third through fifth graders will compete in Iowa May 25-29.
by: Jennifer Nesslar Reporter

OCOEE A team of Thornebrooke Elementary students are headed to the Odyssey of the Mind world finals in May. 

Odyssey of the Mind, a program that teaches students creative problem-solving, hosts a regional and state competition, which Thornebrooke students participated in last year. This year; however, the team placed second in the state competition hosted at University of Central Florida, qualifying for the worlds competition.

Odyssey of the Mind requires students to solve a long-term problem, as well as solve a spontaneous problem. The Thornebrooke team's long-term problem is called "No-Cycle, Recycle," which requires the team to use discarded items to create a vehicle that must move with being pushed by a human. The Thornebrooke students are powering their vehicle with a drill, connected to a small gear, which is connected a bike chain, which is connected to a large gear, which serves as the axle for the wheel. 

In solving this problem, the students put on a performance, where they move recycled objects from one place to another to be reused. 

The students also participate in a spontaneous problem that is not prepared beforehand. 

To go to the competition in Iowa, the students have about $14,000 more raise. To donate, visit 

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