ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAMS FORMS FOR ANOTHER WINNING YEAR AT SUMTER COUNTY ELEMENTARY Each December, the excitement of a new year of five new problems for Odyssey of the Mind team solution is presented. The legacy of greatness in Odyssey of the Mind continues in Sumter County Schools. Teams from Sumter County Elementary and Sumter County Middle schools have been selected to begin the process of creative problem solving with script writing and dramatic student-produced backgrounds and prop selection. The success of any OOTM program requires dedication of time and planning by school officials, parents and students. The arduous schedule is met with excitement for what could possibly be another trip to state and WORLD FINALS.
Along with fourth grade teacher and five-year OOTM coach, Mr. Daniel Carpenter, the seven member team from Sumter County Elementary has selected Problem 2 for solution at competitions. In the program book, Problem 2: Weird Science, is open to all Division levels. The problem description reads, "The team will create and present a performance about a team of scientists on an expedition to uncover the cause of mysterious events. The team will select the location of the expedition from NASA Earth Observatory Photographs . The scientists will collect two samples and will report on their findings. The performance will also include a technical representation of the mysterious events, the appearance of actually traveling, and a team-created device that the scientists use on the expedition." The cost limit for the problem solution is $145 USD. This popular problem is sponsored by NASA.
"I am excited about this young team of students. None of them have been on an OOTM team before.Two of the team members are in the fifth grade and five are fourth graders. We hope this grade level mix will assure future team progress for the OOTM program. Several members of this team is multilingual and the solution of Problem 2 will have some quite creative and different solutions," said Coach Carpenter.
At one of their after-school planning sessions for best solution of their selected problems, Coach Carpenter, at left, discusses the solution with: Miranda Green, Merari Aparicio, Manashwee Ghimire, Wes Sewell, James McAllister, Rudy Reyes and Joyabhishek Charles.