Loyalsock Township School District Odyssey of the Mind teams advance to the World Finals competition in Iowa

Loyalsock Township School District will have two state champion Odyssey of the Mind teams representing Loyalsock and the state of Pennsylvania at the 2014 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Iowa State University from May 28 through 31. More than 800 teams from 47 states and 25 countries will participate in the event.

This year’s state champion Loyalsock teams developed unique solutions to two different problems. The team of sixth- and seventh-grade middle school students participated in the “The Not-So-Haunted House” problem that required them to create and present an original performance that includes a “pop-up-style,” not-so-haunted “house” where four special effects take place, and had to include a surprise ending. The special effects were scored for originality and engineering. Students involved in this problem were Collin Porter, Alex Reed, Shay Mangisi, Ryder Haines, Curtis Trowbridge, Connor Gross and Kate Hoffman.

The team of third, fourth and fifth grade elementary school students participated in the “Driver’s Test” problem and were required to design, build and drive a vehicle that will travel a course and pass a driver’s test.

The vehicle had to travel in forward and reverse using two different propulsion systems. Students involved in this problem were Keanu Singh, Andrew Reed, Rohan Sajja, Caleb Shimko, Matt Barone, Spencer Gross and Lucas Pearson.

To become state champions and qualify for World’s, these two Loyalsock teams competed in a regional tournament against teams from north central Pennsylvania, and also in a state tournament involving elementary and middle school students from throughout Pennsylvania. This year there were more than 60 teams from Pennsylvania competing in each of these problems.