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 https://www.gofundme.com/uaykdup8.