Thinking outside of the box helped Locust Valley’s two Odyssey of the Mind teams advance to the state tournament. The middle school and high school teams gave extraordinary performances during the regional tournament, with the high school team taking first place and the middle school team taking second.

Odyssey of the Mind is a high school club that teaches students creative problem-solving methods in a fun manner. Students must think creatively as they work on solving problems that do not have simple solutions. By tapping into their creativity and taking imaginative paths to problem-solving, they learn skills that enable them to not only solve these problems, but also those in real life. 

The problem chosen by the high school team was called “Silent Movie.” The task was to create and present an original performance of a silent movie with a trailer, director and film critic. The team also constructed a musical instrument to be played during the movie. 

The middle school team, which is the first in district history to advance to the state finals, chose a classic problem called “Pandora’s Box” in which they were challenged to put a video game spin on the mythological story. 

Odyssey of the Mind advisor Alan Stella said both groups’ performances were exceptional, eliciting praise from their audiences. “The students are talented, hardworking and very independent,” said Stella. “Despite all of their other obligations, they have managed to produce great performances.” 

Both teams will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament at Binghamton University on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Congratulations to all of these creative students and good luck in the state competition!