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Third-graders place at Odyssey of the Mind

Friday, March 20, 2009 1:34 AM CDT

BULLHEAD CITY - A team of third-graders from Desert Valley Elementary School recently placed second at the Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

The team will have the opportunity to travel to the state tournament in April.

Odyssey of the Mind is a worldwide program that is designed to help children learn to be tomorrow's leaders. The program has students tackling problems by thinking outside the box and coming up with a solution that no one has thought of before.

The students chose a problem called Earth Trek. They had to design and build a vehicle that could move on its own power. They also had to have the vehicle move to four different ecosystems, and change its appearance at each different ecosystem. The team chose the desert, rain forest, ocean and pond ecosystems.

They pretended to be scientists going to the different ecosystems to see how animals adapt to survive. The team consisted of four third-graders, and they started working on their problem last September.

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