Carolina Day Team Earns 3rd Place at Odyssey of the Mind State Finals
Carolina Day School’s Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) team had a great showing at the 2019 state finals this weekend at East Carolina University in Greenville, earning a third-place finish in their division. The CDS team is comprised of Grade 5 students Amelia, Ellie, Harriet, Jackson, Mac, Owen, and Samantha. Coaches for the team are Ian Riddell and Shana Lopez.
Lower School Principal Kim Broshar congratulated the team, saying “This level of success does not happen without an amazing amount of creativity, hard work, and team unity. Congratulations on having a vision, working for months to make the vision a reality, and then staying committed to the team through the state competition. I believe you will remember this experience for the rest of your life!”
During the competition, students were challenged to solve problems using creative thinking skills. They had to work together to solve what the competition calls “Long Term Problems” and make their presentations.
The Carolina Day School team earned the third place ranking with their solution to the Long Term Problem called “Hide In Plain Sight.” According to the OotM web site, “teams take a cue from nature in this problem where they create and build a team-made mechanical creature that hides in plain sight. The creature will change its appearance three times to avoid being detected by a Searcher Character trying to find it.”
Coach Ian Riddell described the team's approach to the problem: "The CDS students built a small robotic snake that could camouflage itself in a variety of settings—sometimes with movement and sometimes with color. Then they crafted a fable about a kingdom that is trying to get rid of the pesky snake in time for the ball. A couple of crafty old wizards are able to reveal the snake’s true identity with patience and a bit of magic."