A team celebrates their win at the Region 4 Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on March 10.

Five local teams advanced to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Iowa State University from May 23-26, and all five placed in the top 20 in their problem and age group!

Greenville CSD placed 8th in Triathlon Travels Division I, Brunswick CSD placed 12th in Triathlon Travels Division III, Germantown CSD placed third in Classics…Mockumentary! Seriously? Division II, Catskill CSD placed 16th Animal House Division II, and Averill Park CSD placed 15th in Animal House Division III. Learn more about each of the problems here.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students of all ages. It encourages students to use their imaginations and to work in teams – skills that will be useful throughout their lives.

Teams are judged on their unique solutions to the problems, as well as their teamwork, creativity, ability to think out of the box, and in excelling (i.e., going above and beyond) throughout the competition.

This region has a long history of success all the way to the World Finals. At least one team from Rensselaer, Columbia or Greene County has advanced to the World Finals every year since 2007. See photos from the Region 4 tournament, held at the Rensselaer City School District campus on March 10 here.

For the full results from the World Finals, visit this link.