VIDEO: Sea Park Elementary Wins State Odyssey of the Mind Title, Now Headed To World Finals
By Space Coast Daily // April 21, 2017
Sea Park will advance to World Finals in May
ABOVE VIDEO: The Sea Park Elementary Team of Lauren Williams, Kate Bloom, Lana Stout, Sophie Bailey, Sarah Miller, Eva Bradley and Victoria McDine won the Odyssey of the Mind Florida State Tournament, which was held April 8 at the University of Central Florida.
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BREVARD COUNTY • SATELLITE BEACH, FLORIDA – The Sea Park Elementary Team of Lauren Williams, Kate Bloom, Lana Stout, Sophie Bailey, Sarah Miller, Eva Bradley and Victoria McDine won the Odyssey of the Mind Florida State Tournament, which was held April 8 at the University of Central Florida.
Sea Park teacher Catherine Bloom is the team’s head coach and parent coaches include Ken and Sophie Williams.
Odyssey of the Mind is the world’s largest creative problem-solving educational competition for students.
To reach the state competition, Sea Park Elementary’s Odyssey of the Mind Team took first place in their division at the Space Coast Regional Tournament on March 4.
The team of seven girls was also awarded the Ranatra Fusca Award, the highest honor for creativity, at both the regional and state tournaments. They created a China scene made entirely from materials from a Chinese restaurant and an Italy scene made out of pasta.
The girl’s costumes were just as organic as their sets.
“One costume was a raccoon made of strips of Walmart bags from head to toe, a future artist made entirely out crayons and crayon boxes, and an artist’s cloak made completely out of neckties,” said Bloom.
“The team also spent hundreds of hours replicating the Mona Lisa and a painting from the Chinese artist Chen Hongshou. One of the highlights of the performance was the team-invented working time machine that mimicked a traditional gumball machine, having a gumball come out at the end of each time travel scene.”
Sea Park team’s problem involved the Classics – It time. The future and the past collided in this problem about important works of art – both existing and yet-to-be-created.
The team created an original performance about time travelers looking to discover the inspiration for great works of art. The team worked after school and on weekends in a relentless effort to produce sets made from recycled materials such as playing cards and chopsticks.
HEADED TO THE WORLD FINALS, NEED YOUR SUPPORT
The Sea Park team will now advance to World Finals at Michigan State University set for May 23-28 and now needs community support to fund their trip to Michigan in May. The team will be competing against 825 teams from around the world including China, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Europe and the U.S.
“There are several fundraising events planned, including a VIP reception on May 16 sponsored by Kelly Ford and attended by School Superintendent Desmond Blackburn,” said Bloom.
A Go Fund Me account was set up to raise money for travel and lodging expenses to Michigan to make this adventure of a lifetime actually happen. CLICK HERE to donate.
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