AUBURN — The William J. Rogers Post 153, American Legion, recently held a breakfast to benefit the Edward Little High School and Auburn Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Teams.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international problem-solving competition for students from kindergarten through college. The program teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students develop team-building skills by working in groups of as many as seven students a team.

The problems are designed for competition, with scoring components and limitations, or rules to be followed. The long-term problems change every year. They fall into five general categories: mechanical/vehicle, technical performance, classics, structure and performance. Teams chose a predefined long-term problem to solve and present their solution at competition. Teams also have to solve a spontaneous problem they have not seen before.

Both Auburn teams came in first in the regional competition held in Brunswick. The state competition will be held Saturday, April 7, in Biddeford. The top two teams will qualify for the world competition in Ames, Iowa. Auburn teams have participated in the World Finals the past two years, where approximately 15,000 students compete.

The William J. Rogers Post 153, American Legion, Auburn, held a breakfast to benefit the Edward Little High School and Auburn Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Teams. From left in front are Jim Rowe, Callie Fulcher, Emily Farrington and Post Commander Dan St. Pierre; back, Tristan Brezovsky, Carl Woodhead, Josh Brobst, Tom Brann and Adam Runnels.


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