Buccaneer Bay Navigates Their Way to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

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Braille Works is a proud sponsor of the Buccaneer Bay State Finalist Teams.  Seven of the many teams we sponsored earned their place at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Competition, in Ames, Iowa, at Iowa State University.

Stadium full of people with spotlights and a large scoreboard

Opening Ceremony at the 2016 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

The World Finals began on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 and ended on, Saturday, May 28, 2016.  Over 830 teams from 25 countries presented a creative solution to the same problem; in 5 categories across 4-divisions, there are about 50 teams per problem, per division.

Each team competed in a spontaneous problem solving competition in addition to the long-term problem solution.  In the spontaneous problem the teams were given an unknown problem to solve in about 4 minutes to 10 minutes.  Judges scored the teams on the following criteria: the final solution, teamwork, creativity and innovation in problem solving.  The problem provided to the team at the World level is typically quite involved and requires not only innovative thinking, but cooperation and precision; make a mistake and not correct it, the solution could be lost.

We are proud to announce that the seven teams from the Buccaneer Bay Region all placed in the top 20 of the world competition; Dunedin Highland Middle School earned first place for their version of Aesop’s Fable, and second place for their dramatic performance of Fins, Feathers and Furs.

Two Odyssey of the Mind teams posing for a photo

The team from Rowlett Academy in Bradenton, Florida and their buddy-team from China.

Braille Works has been a committed sponsor to the Odyssey of the Mind program for five-years.  We understand the value in teaching kids that there is always more than one way to look at a problem and there are multiple paths to solving a problem.  Because of out of the box thinkers and doers the world is more accessible to people with disabilities than ever before.  This is why we support these valuable programs.

Aim for the moon Omers, if you miss you will land among the stars and construct a new plan.

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This post was written by Christine Sket

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