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Erie High School Odyssey of the Mind Colorado State 1st Place Performance

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Published on Apr 25, 2012

Problem 4: You Make the Call

For this problem, teams will design and build a structure made of only balsa wood and glue that will balance and support as much weight as possible. The structure may have a maximum weight of 9 grams and will receive 2 times the weight held, or 12 grams and receive 1 ½ times the weight held, or 15 grams and receive the actual weight held. The testing of the structure will be presented in a performance that includes mathematics in its theme.

Structure weight: 11.7grams
Weight held: 570 lbs

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It is an exciting time for the Erie High School Odyssey of the Mind Team, we are going to the World Finals Competition! It has been a long road to earn an invitation to the World Finals, but we did it! We have been brainstorming, building, revising and perfecting our problem solution throughout the school year. At the Mount Evans qualifying tournament we received 1st place, giving us an opportunity to compete at the Colorado State Tournament where we also placed 1st. At the World Finals, we will be competing and learning with some of the most creative students from all over the world. What an adventure!

For people not familiar with Odyssey of the Mind, it is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Through solving these problems, the students learn lifelong skills such as working on a team, evaluating ideas, making decisions and thinking "outside the box". Through the use of creative problem-solving methods the students have fun and gain self-confidence. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 30 other countries participate in the program. If you would like to know more about Odyssey of the Mind please visit the national website: www.odysseyofthemind.com.

The World Finals Competition is May 23-26, 2012 at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. In order for us to go the World Finals, we need to raise $10,000 for registration fees, travel expenses and activities. We are asking you to help us with a tax-deductible donation to the Erie High School Booster Club, please go to http://ehs.stvrain.k12.co.us/boosters... and put Odyssey in the comments area if you'd like to donate

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