Seventeen teams from Poudre School District schools qualified for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition after recently competing in the state competition. Nine of those teams have decided to continue their journey to compete at the OM world finals competition May 24-28 in Iowa.
The OM program is a school-sponsored, extracurricular program that emphasizes creativity, science, technology, engineering, arts and math skills. Student teams creatively present solutions to problems, learning creative thinking techniques and team skills during the process. OM teaches kids how to be creative problem solvers and express their ideas without fear of criticism.
Catherine Allum, PSD’s OM coordinator, said all PSD teams were fantastic at the state tournament. “The teams have worked very hard during the craziness of the year, and I am extremely proud of them,” she said.
Teams from these schools will compete at the world finals competition:
- Bennett Elementary School team
- McGraw Elementary School team
- Lincoln Middle School
- Webber Middle School
- Rocky Mountain High School
Schools noted above had additional eligible teams that excelled at state but they have decided not to compete at worlds. Other qualifying teams from these schools had outstanding presentations but have also opted not to move forward:
- Boltz Middle School
- Shepardson Elementary School
- Liberty Common School