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April 16, 2013 > Warm Springs Elementary goes to world championships

Warm Springs Elementary goes to world championships

Submitted By Jayanta Samanta, Head Coach

Two teams, Orange and Twilight Navy, from Warm Springs Elementary School in Fremont have qualified for the Odyssey of Mind World Tournament. Earlier, both teams won at the Regional (www.svomer.org) and State tournaments (www.calomer.org) by presenting their long-term project and solving one spontaneous problem at each stage, thereby advancing to the World Finals (http://odysseyofthemind.com/wf2013). The competition will be held May 22 through May 25 at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, Michigan.

The Orange team's students: Ankur Samanta, Arnav Nagle, Ashwin Natampalli, Ria Nambiar and Siona Samanta, chose to do the ARTchitecture problem. They were required to present an original musical performance that included a replica of a documented architectural structure, built between 1,000 AD and 1,600 AD. The performance also had to demonstrate three works of art that disappeared and two characters that went on a quest to find them. The Orange team has been a consistent performer at the State level for the past three years, having been regional winners each time.

The Twilight Navy team, consisting of: Aadhiti Ghankota, Akila Suresh, Ashvitha Maria Kumar, Esha Advani, Rebecca Lee, Shradha Raj Krishnamurthy and Tanvi B Syed, decided to do the email challenge which involved the technical representation of delivering three messages: one message with a return receipt, one message with a piece of art as an attachment, and one message diverted by a spam filter. Tanvi B Syed also received the OMER award at the regional final, a special recognition for artwork she did as part of the team solution.

Odyssey of the Mind (www.odysseyofthemind.com) is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities to students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve a wide range of problems involving science, engineering, literary classics, etc. It is a rewarding experience to see these elementary level kids enjoy and explore creative problem solving techniques to solve various complex problems.

The true spirit of the program is aptly described by Mr. Clyde Mann, Warm Springs Elementary Science teacher. "The sole purpose of Odyssey of the Mind is for students to learn how to think on their feet with no help from their parents. If children are left alone to discover on their own, we will truly create the innovators for tomorrow, today through Odyssey of the Mind."

For more information on Warm Springs Elementary Odyssey of the Mind program, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/warmspringsom/

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