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Shelby County Public Schools sent four teams to the Odyssey of the Mind World 2012 World Finals at Iowa State University in Ames last month.
Competing against teams from all over the world in different creative problem-solving categories, the teams from the county fared very well.
Collins High School’s squad competing in the To Be or Not To Be problem had the highest finish among those from the county, placing 15th in the high school division.
The group had to take Shakespeare’s classic line of ‘To be or not to be’ from Hamletand turn it into musical theater. The character had to face a dilemma in a skit, and the team has to incorporate Hamlet’s conscience, a creative scene change, costume change and use a trap door.
The other squad from Collins competed in the Weird Science problem, finishing 21st.
To solve this problem, teams had to create and present a performance about a team of scientists on an expedition to uncover the cause of mysterious events.
They will collect samples and report on their “findings.” The performance also included a technical representation of the mysterious events, the appearance of actually traveling, and a team-created device that the scientists use on the expedition.
Teams from Shelby County High School and Simpsonville Elementary both competed in the Ooh-Motional Vehicle problem.
The teams had to design, build and drive a vehicle that travels a course where it encounters three different situations. The vehicle had to display a different human emotion on each encounter and travel in reverse for at least one.
Each presentation had a theme, and emphasis was placed on technical risks and creativity of the vehicle’s engineering for travel and change of emotion.
The SCHS team, the only team in the county to advance to the World Competition for the second time, finished 21st in the high school division, and Simpsonville placed 37th in the elementary school division.
Each team also competed in a quick-response competition, which counted toward the overall scores.