Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Odyssey Meeting of Minds Is Moving to International Challenge

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Odyssey Meeting of Minds Is Moving to International Challenge

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For 11-year-old Sarah Novak, the toughest part of competing in creative problem-solving comes down to her role directing fifth-graders in a mini-theatrical performance.

"It's hard to get everyone under control and started on the skit," she said. "Sometimes, we just get really hyper."

But tenacity, talent and cooperation have paid off for Sarah and six teammates from Kehrs Mill Elementary School in the Rockwood School District. In March they won a championship at the state competition for Odyssey of the Mind. That allowed them to advance to international competition. In all, a dozen or so teams from area schools will head to the University of Maryland in College Park to compete in Odyssey of the Mind world finals June 4-7. The annual event is expected to attract 5,000 young minds from 49 states and 31 countries. Students attending from here represent public schools in St. Louis and St. Charles counties, Belleville and a private school in Chesterfield. Odyssey of the Mind bills itself as the largest worldwide creative problem-solving competition for students from elementary school through college. The competition seeks to: Foster development of creative thinking and problem-solving skills, demonstrating that great minds don't necessarily think alike. Build lifelong learning. Teach skills used in the workplace. Develop management and leadership skills. The competition tests academic and creative talents by asking students to solve problems three ways: build models of structures; perform original skits; and answer on-the-spot challenges such as how high can a structure be built from straws and marshmallows working against the clock. "The only time I ever get nervous is when they have us wait, standing there in front of everyone, calling our names," said James Groberg, who has gone to the World Finals twice. Next week, he makes his third trip with the winning team from Lafayette High School. …

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