Odyssey of the Mind Competition 2017

Odyssey of the Mind Competition
Posted on 03/13/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Odyssey of the Mind CompetitionOn Saturday, March 11th, the 5th and 6th Gifted and Talented Odyssey of the Mind teams of Reutter School competed in the NJ Odyssey of the Mind Lighthouse Regional Tournament held at the Pennington School in Pennington, NJ.

Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) is part of an international educational program that provides creative, problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their ingenuity and creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Each year, thousands of teams throughout the United States and 25 countries worldwide participate in the annual competition. Students select a problem to work on early in the school year and spend long hours preparing for the regional, first round competition. T

The teams were excited to finally perform their solutions for the judges, audience, and family members. The 5th grade team performed a humorous "Superhero Cliffhanger", while the 6th grade team performed a more serious-toned solution titled "The Classics: It's Time Omer", based on classical works of art.

Following this year’s event, an awards program was held in the Pennington gymnasium where the top two or three teams in each problem and division were selected to move onto the state competition taking place April 8th 
in Ewing, NJ. Additionally, a trophy was awarded to each advancing team with the respective members earning medals. Although neither team representing Caroline Reutter School was selected to move on to the state finals, coaches Jennifer Smith and Crystal Burkhardt are hopeful next year will have different results. With one competition behind them, the 5th grade students now know what they need to improve when preparing for next year. For additional information and scores, please visit: www.njootm.org