Easton schools join Odyssey of the Mind competition

March 11, 2014 by  

The Easton Area School District was able to send more teams than before to the recent annual Odyssey of the Mind contest.

A problem-solving competition designed for students in grades kindergarten through 12, the contest encourages students to come up with creative solutions to problems. This year, the school district sent 16 teams to the competition, held at the Pocono Mountain School District on March 8. The district could use stationery printers to highlight its teams to parents and other interested parties.

The goal of the competition is to get students’ creative juices flowing, and there are no right or wrong answers to the problems with which students are presented. For example, one team, from March Elementary School, was tasked with designing a car that would be able to move backwards and forwards through a course and respond to a GPS device.

A group of second grade students created a canoe out of a red wagon, adding paper waves to the sides of the canoe. Along with creating the vehicle, the students had to work together to choose a theme for their project. The second graders picked the Magic Tree House, and stated that they wanted their canoe to look as though it was floating down the Amazon River.

Easton students worked on their projects for the competition since October. At the contest last Saturday, each team had eight minutes to present their projects.