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March 19, 2013 > Delaine Eastin Elementary participate in Odyssey of the Mind

Delaine Eastin Elementary participate in Odyssey of the Mind

Submitted By Vandana Deep

Delaine Eastin Elementary School in New Haven Unified District was represented by a team of two second graders and four third grade students at a March 2 Odyssey of the Mind competition. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college, who then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level.

The Eastin Elementary team members, named "The Prize Burglars," worked for six months to prepare themselves to present an eight minute skit on a pre-defined long term solution, specified by the Odyssey of Mind challenge. The presentation had to be completed by the team, without any assistance from parents, making props and outfits, directing the play, writing dialogue and songs.

In addition, the team prepared for a 10 minute spontaneous challenge that tested their creativity, verbal and mechanical skills. The team was the youngest in their participating division that included mostly 4th-5th grade teams. They were also the only team from the New Haven Unified School District.

The "Prize Burglars" chose to solve Problem 3: ARTchitecture: The Musical. For this problem, teams were asked to create and present an original performance that included a replica of a documented architectural structure built between 1,000 AD and 1,600 AD. The performance included a requirement that three works of art must "disappear" and two characters would go on a quest to find them. When the works of art were found, they had to be incorporated into the replica. The performance also needed to include two songs, accompanied by some type of choreographed movement.

The "Prize Burglars" chose to present their performance around the Leaning tower of Pisa and received a lot of cheers from the judges for an entertaining eight minute show. Although, they did not finish among the top three, it was a remarkable achievement for the "Prize Burglars" team.

Team members included second graders: Ankita Deep and Navika Singhal and third graders: Rayna Arora, Sania Choudhary, Inaya Siddiqui and Esha Bhasin. Coaches were Vandana Deep and Geeta Arora.

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