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Ursuline advances to 2010 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

By Robin Galvin
What do you get when girls fall into a land made of candy, meet a seven foot tall talking gingerbread man, must save Princess Frostine, and are attacked by marshmallows? Well, for seven scientific and creative girls from Ursuline Academy, the answer is a trip to Michigan State University to represent their school, city and state at the Odyssey of the Mind, World Finals. On March 13, 2010, the Ursuline Academy Odyssey of the Mind Team won the Ohio State Championship in Cleveland and will go to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals May 26-29 at Michigan State University.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from some 25 other countries participate in the program

The problem in the 2010 Odyssey of the Mind competition required the team to construct six different aircraft to accomplish specific tasks while in flight. The flight performances were incorporated into a creative and artistically presented eight - minute presentation written and produced by team members Mary Roberts of Montgomery, Julia Hom of Montgomery, Catherine Roberts of Montgomery, Claire Soupene of Blue Ash, Jessica Zinnecker of Loveland, Kara Trusty of Sycamore Township, and Nitika Subramanian of West Chester. The 2010 Odyssey of the Mind The team is currently engaged in fundraising to help offset registration/lodging expenses.

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