Dunbar Middle School places 1st in 2016 WV Odyssey of the Mind State Finals

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  • Michael D Taylor
  • 4/18/2016

Dunbar Middle School – Advanced Studies/Gifted Class – 6th, 7th and 8th Grade

Congratulations to the Dunbar Middle Advanced Studies/Gifted team members for placing 1st at the 2016 WV Odyssey of the Mind State Finals. The teams will be advancing to 37th Anniversary of the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. They will be competing against thousands of teams from 40 states and 32 foreign countries.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational STEM program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. The program develops five new long-term problems each year. At the beginning of the year, teams choose a problem they want to solve. The team embarks on a long journey to meet all the problem guidelines. Each team goes through various steps of learning. They first have to understand the problem thoroughly before they can investigate each concept they have to solve. Using teamwork, they develop a list of possible creative solutions to the problem. At this time, the team can refine and add more detail to their ideas and develop a theme. Next they have to write their solution in skit/story form to share in a presentation that can only last 8 minutes. The team has to create mock-ups, models and prototypes of props, scenery, backdrops, and costumes to bring their creative ideas to life.

The problems for this year are listed on the Odyssey of the Mind website at www.odysseyofthemind.com.

Dunbar Middle teams participated in the following problems:                                    

Classics…Aesop Gone Viral – Calijah Burton, Ford Clark, Zach Hall, Dice Johnson, and Michelle Zhu

Furs, Fins, Feathers & Friends – Jayln Armstrong, Isabella Parsons, Sahmya Pates, Kierra Moss, Amelia Smith, and Tatyana Tolliver-Hughes

All students have exhibited great teamwork, endurance, and many long hours of work and practice to be the best that they can be. We are very proud of their efforts and hard work.

Kelly Kendrick

Coach/Teacher of Gifted at Dunbar Middle