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Wake County Schools Excel In Odyssey Of Mind

Posted June 2, 2003 2:02 a.m. EDT

— Three Wake County schools had outstanding showings in the

Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

held at Iowa State University last weekend.

The schools were:

  • Durant Rd Middle School,

    which placed first out of 43 teams,

  • Durant Rd Elementary School,

    which placed fifth out of 36 teams, and

  • Joyner Elementary School,

    which placed third out of 38 teams.

  • The Odyssey of the Mind School Program fosters creative thinking and problem-solving skills among participating students from kindergarten through college. It features an annual competition component at local through international levels.

    Students solve problems in a variety of areas, from building mechanical devices such as spring-driven vehicles, to giving their own interpretation of literary classics.

    Through solving problems, students learn lifelong skills such as working with others as a team, evaluating ideas, making decisions and creating solutions, while also developing self-confidence from their experiences.