Eleven teams from the North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind’s Eastern Region, including eight from Wake County, have qualified to compete in next week’s World Finals in Iowa.
The teams earned the right to advance to the World Finals based on their success showcasing their problem-solving skills at the state finals at Wingate University in April. Students competed in activities such as presenting an original performance about an Aesop fable that’s gone viral and building a balsa-wood structure that can hold as much weight as possible.
Sycamore Creek Elementary in Raleigh had one of the local teams that qualified in the “No Cycle Recycle” vehicle problem. Students had to build, ride and drive a recycling vehicle that traveled without pedaling for propulsion.
More than 830 teams are expected to be at the 37th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals that will be held May 25-28 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The teams had to raise significant amounts of money to cover their traveling costs.
The teams from Wake County that qualified are from Brassfield Elementary, Joyner Elementary, Sycamore Creek Elementary and Southbridge Fellowship Church in Raleigh; Davis Drive Middle and Mills Park Middle in Cary and Wake Forest High School.
Sycamore Creek had two teams that qualified.
The other Eastern Region teams that qualified are East Chapel Hill High and two Moore County schools – West Pine Elementary and West Pine Middle.