Ranatra Fusca Award Winners
The Ranatra Fusca Award, named for the water strider insect, promotes and recognizes exceptional creativity. This award representsthe essence of the Odyssey of the Mind program. The Ranatra Fusca Award is given to teams or individuals who display tremendous creativity at competition. This award serves as an incentive for risk-taking and out-of-the-box thinking for Odyssey participants.
MEMORIAL MID SCH
Problem 1 Tag 'em Division II
This team didn't just think outside-of-the-box -- they went around it. They built an elaborate Rube Goldberg device that transported their penguin eggs around the tag zone. Adding to the creativity and risk-taking that was jaw dropping at times, they created a hand-built timing device in their vehicle.
This team's highly creative vehicle was internally timed by innovative team-created camshafts that controlled the forward motion of the car. The vehicle was therefore able to automatically stop and start in the position to receive the tag before continuing on its journey home.
OUR LADY OF WISDOM SCH
Port Jefferson, NY
Problem 4 Out Of The Box Balsa Division II
The team demonstrated exceptional creativity by designing structure assembly materials that greatly enhance the structure's stability. The team took a great risk by the use of assembly parts that were made of spring-loaded balsa wood that exploded into shape as soon as the team opened the box. Dental bands were used to connect the spring assembly to the main uprights. This creative, unique design is really thinking outside-of-the-box.
SHERBURNE-EARLVILLE MID SCH
Problem 2 The Large And Small Of It Division II
The team displayed risk-taking in the construction of the theatrical character hoist and a bicycle-powered water pump. The team displayed creativity in the creation of the "Mother Nature" costume. "Mother Nature" rose nine feet above the stage floor and the costume opened out below the team member.
This effect was done by a bicycle-powered generator that ran three pumps that fed water to a water wheel and drove a scroll mechanism.
The teams unusual artistry, technological implementation, and risk-taking left the judges awestruck.
CHESHIRE H S
Problem 3 Around The World In 8 Minutes Division III
The team solved the spontaneous problem through creativity, risk-taking, and teamwork. The team responses took the problem to a whole new level. It was like the team blew the envelope apart and yet kept it intact.
East Lansing Marriott
East Lansing, MI
This team's problem was to think for 30 seconds and then solve the problem given to them by the local power company -- how to provide their promised level of service to the 170+ Odyssey officials when the power went out. This team showed exceptional creativity by responding on every level to the following challenges: longevity of problem, food, heat, light, vertical transport, special needs.
This team exemplifies the qualities of the Odyssey of the Mind program -- creativity, teamwork, and problem solving.
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