Odyssey of the Mind is an international scholastic competition that challenges students to find the most creative response to a variety of problems. This year’s competition featured a competition sponsored by NASA called Nature Trail’R in which students designed, built and drove a human-powered vehicle and camper. In other challenges, students constructed miniature aircraft, performed skits and built a balsa wood column capable of withstanding significant weight.
Brentwood Elementary School will send two teams to the state competition. One of the school’s teams placed second out of 13 teams in the Nature Trail’R competition in last week’s regionals, held at College Park High School in Danville. Brentwood Elementary will also field a team in the Food Court challenge.
Krey Elementary will face off against Brentwood Elementary in the Nature Trail’R competition, in which the Coyotes placed third at the regional contest. A Loma Vista Elementary team, which placed second in the Discovered Treasures competition, will also advance to the state level, along with Marsh Creek Elementary, which placed second in the Column Structure competition.
Heritage High School will also send a team to the state competition in the Column Structure competition after placing first at regionals.
Students from Ron Nunn and Garin elementary schools and Edna Hill and Bristow middle schools also participated in the regional competition but did not place high enough to advance to the state competition. Winners from the state competition will advance to the international tournament held at Michigan State University May 26 through 29.
For a complete list of Saturday’s results from the regional competition, visit www.sfbayodysseyofthemind.org.