Canterbury Odyssey of the Mind Team Claims Eighth Place in World Competition

Congratulations to one of our Odyssey of the Mind teams for winning the eighth place in the 2020 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals! Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held virtually for the first time in the problem-solving competition's history.
Odyssey of the Mind focuses on creative problem solving and includes a section where the group works on a skit to solve a pre-determined problem and a spontaneous portion. The group of Layla A. ’28, Anna Kate B. ’28, Sophia C. ’28, Anabella B. ’28, Riya K. ’28, Isabelle E. ’28 submitted a skit they had recorded before the shutdown and did the spontaneous portion of the competition over Zoom. Click below to see their video submissions. 

The team had been working since the fall of 2019 to solve the Longshot Solution Division I problem. They were required to create a skit about a disastrous event that threatens the world and how they would prevent it. They had to collect materials from all over the world using vehicles that overcome obstacles and simultaneously travel into and out of a Reaction Area. The teams use the components, including baking soda, to create a reaction that produces a special effect and saves the day. 

More than 800 teams submitted solutions this year, with 67 submissions within our team’s problem and division. Congratulations to our students for their success this year! Special thanks to our parent volunteers who spent many hours coaching our students as they took on this fun adventure.