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Two NNPS Odyssey of the Minds Teams Advance to World Competition

Woodside's team earned first place in the Something Fishy problem.
Woodside's team earned first place in the Something Fishy problem.

(05/09/2016) -Two NNPS Odyssey of the Mind teams earned top honors at the state competition in April and will advance to the World Finals Competition at Iowa State University May 25-28. Congratulations to the Woodside team, which earned first place in the Something Fishy problem and the Warwick team, which earned second place in the Furs, Fins, Feathers, and Friends problem.

Woodside High's team successfully portrayed the Something Fishy problem that challenged the students to design and operate a technical solution that simulates multiple styles of fishing. A "Fisher Character" had to work from a designated area to "catch" three different objects that were outside of that area. The catch had to be on the move and include something expected, something unexpected, and a new discovery. The team's performance also had to include a change of weather and a humorous character that portrays a potential catch and avoids being caught by the Fisher.

In the Furs, Fins, Feathers & Friends problem, Warwick High's team was challenged to create and present a humorous performance depicting problem solving from the perspective of three different animals that had to help a stranger, help each other, and solve a problem that threatens the survival of all animals. During the performance, the animals had to sing and dance and show curiosity, sympathy, frustration and joy.

At the World Competition, the Woodside and Warwick teams will join other state and international champions from across the globe. While in Iowa, the teams will participate in a Parade of Nations during the Opening Ceremonies, the Float and Banner Parade, International Festival, Creativity Festival, and the tradition of trading state and international pins with other participants.

Six Odyssey of the Mind teams represented NNPS at the state competition. Teams from Richneck Elementary, Denbigh High, Warwick High, two teams from Woodside High and the Governor's School for Science and Technology competed in the problem-solving event; all teams earned a sixth place finish or higher.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.
Warwick's team earned second place in the Furs, Fins, Feathers, and Friends problem.

Warwick's team earned second place in the Furs, Fins, Feathers, and Friends problem.