OM team qualifies for World Finals

A St. John Neumann Odyssey of the Mind team that competed in the Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind State Finals tournament at Pocono Mountain East School District on April 13 qualified to advance to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition at Michigan State University in late May.

The team competed against 11 other teams and placed first in the state in its division.

The team solved the problem entitled, “The Email Must Go Through.” The team’s problem was to create and present an original performance that included a technical representation of messages being sent by email.

A sender character had to send three emails: one that required a return receipt, one with a work of art as an attachment and one that goes through a spam filter. Two of the emails will go to a receiver character and another will go to an offbeat location.

Each email will pass through a central server before reaching its final destination. Team members are not allowed to touch the emails while the server is processing the messages.

The Academy’s “Email Must Go Through” team is comprised of students in grades 2 and 3 at St. John Neumann’s elementary campus. They are the youngest team that has ever qualified for World Finals in the academy’s long history of participation in Odyssey of the Mind.

St. John Neumann Regional Academy has qualified for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals for 10 of the past 11 years.

The academy has numerous top three finishes at the world level, and has one of the most successful Odyssey of the Mind programs in the state of Pennsylvania.

Students from around the world will compete in the 34th Annual Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) World Finals in Michigan.

This competition emphasizes creativity and teamwork. It has grown into a huge event because OotM makes learning fun while giving kids the chance to explore their imaginations and express their creativity.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program whose mission is to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.

Through solving open-ended problems, students develop creative-thinking skills that can be applied to real-life situations.

Teams from throughout the U.S. and more than 20 other countries participate in the program.