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Crestview Elementary School news

by Jan Holst Tuesday April 07, 2009, 1:24 PM
A team from Crestview Elementary overcame stiff competition at the Odyssey of the Mind championship in Columbia Saturday taking top honors by placing first in their division.

This Crestview team will now compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Ames, Iowa on May 27th -- 30th. Team members include Taylor Carroll, Joshua Carson, Evan Kramer, Charles Ludlow, Christopher Ludlow, Ben Teal and coaches, Sandi Carson and Mary Ludlow. The team's problem, "Teach Yer Creature", required them to create a humorous performance about a mechanical creature who acts like a real mammal and learns lessons. The robot creature had to perform several required tasks- eating and turning its head- and several team chosen tasks. The team chose for their creature to be an armadillo who learns to lasso, tip his cowboy hat and spit. The team chosen theme was how armadillos overcame an infestation of fire ants that had set fire to Texans' tempers. By eating the fire ants, the armadillos tamed the wild west and, thus, became the Texas state critter.

This team also was presented with the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award. This award is given to teams that exhibit exceptional creativity in their problem solving. Only two teams received this award at the State competition. They constructed a 5 foot tall, Texan armadillo that was controlled by multiple types of devices. His hat was tilted by a hydraulic control. He twirled a lasso by means of the skeleton parts of an old weed eater which became his arm. He ate red ants with a modified dirt devil, and spit water through the use of a car windshield washer. This team showed exceptional creativity in the way they engineered the many different power sources to move and control the action of the creature. The Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award is the highest award in the Odyssey of the Mind program.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that provides creative problem solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems ranging from building mechanical devices to representing their own interpretation of literary classics. This will be the fourth year in a row that Crestview in Greer has sent teams to World Finals. Last year in Maryland, this team from Crestview placed third out of more than 50 teams from around the world. The team is raising funds to help pay for this trip and needs the help of the community. To donate funds for the trip, contact the school at 355-2600.

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