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Tanglewood Odyssey of the Mind team heading to state competition

March 18, 2015

Tanglewood-OM-slideshowAn Odyssey of the Mind team from Tanglewood Elementary School won first place in the Division 1 Pandora’s Box problem at the Region 6 tournament, which was held on Saturday, March 14, at Glens Falls High School.

The team members, Andrew Craner, Andrew Hamm, Andrew Yates, William Daley and Isabella Morris, was one of 63 teams that competed at the event. Twenty-six schools were represented with approximately 400 students.

In their problem, they were required to put a video game spin on the story of Pandora’s Box. A gamer character takes on this multi-level game inspired by the Greek myth. The game includes a prologue that depicts the original story of Pandora’s Box, three characters representing different evils that escaped the box and a power meter that represents the gamer character’s health. To beat the game, the player advances to the final level where it releases hope into the world.

The team is advancing to the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament at SUNY Binghamton on April 11, 2015.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members 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 about 25 other countries participate in the program, according to the organization’s website.

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