by Sander de Wit

Singapore American School fifth grade team competed at the Odyssey of the Mind world finals at the Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

The basis for Odyssey of the Mind is creative problem solving within a team. Teams are scored in three areas—long-term problem solution, style component of the long-term problem solution, and how well students solve a spontaneous problem given on the day of the competition.

Team SAS included fifth graders Caroline, Kaitlin, Billy, Kolb, Julian, and Casper. They were coached enthusiastically by elementary school librarian Ms. Kate Brundage. This team not only represented SAS but also the Republic of Singapore in their category after winning the Singapore National finals in April. Approximately 900 teams from all over the world including the United States competed at this four-day world championship with more than 20,000 attendees.

SAS Odyssey of the Mind team was very well prepared for their long term problem in the ‘structure toss’ category. They had to come up with a balsa wood structure, weighing a maximum of 15 grams, which would stand a launch over seven feet and then hold a maximum of weights. These two challenges had to be integrated into a creative play which they called ‘Around the World in Eight Minutes’. The team did great! The structure was tossed away successfully and then loaded up with 605 pounds before the eight-minute bell rang. The structure held 650 pounds before cracking! SAS was one of the world’s best teams during this first part of the competition. 

At the spontaneous problems round, the team did well but their solution did not lead to a top score. At the end of the four-day championship, SAS was ranked 16 out of 59 national/state champion teams in their category.

Congratulations, Eagles! SAS is mighty proud of this amazing achievement!

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