Goshen Odyssey teams take top honors at Regional Competition

Six teams will advance to state competition in Binghamton

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  • Goshen High School's It’s Time, OMER team. Back row (from left): Jamie Wong, Dempsey McGovern, Judy Yim, Sofia Saul, and Amanda Lombardi. Front: Andie Wong, Fattum Abbad (Photo provided)

  • Goshen High Schoo'sl To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger, from left: Emma Finkelstein, Brooke Youngman, Madison Youngman, Olivia Davis, Mackenzie Phelps, Sam Sherlock (Photo provided)

  • The Goshen High School Catch Us If You Can team. From left, Braden Smith, Jessica Serna, Jade Romer, Meaghan Schaumburg, Emma Smith, Sam Meyer (Photo provided)

  • The Goshen High School Odd-a-Bot team. From left: Hannah Pena, Sean Kensell, Mia Deserto, Emily Deserto, Jayna Celano, Carly Sullivan (Photo provided)

  • The C. J. Hooker Middle School’s It’s Time OMER team. From left: Paulina Bowman-Carrol, Catherine Lienemann, Colin Ahearn, Isabel Seligman, Hannah Fruhling, Riley Tippin, Jolina Dong (Photo provided)

Long-term problem synopses

Problem 1: Catch Us If You Can
This is your Odyssey, should you choose to accept it…your team will design, build, and run vehicles from a multi-level Parking Garage to a secret meeting place without being stopped. Vehicles will travel different routes to reach the same destination. During their Odyssey, the vehicles will do something that prevents them from being followed. The performance will include the reason for the meeting, someone that wants to prevent the meeting, a simulation of a scene taking place inside a vehicle as it travels, and a soundtrack to accompany the vehicles’ travel.
Problem 2: Odd-a-Bot
For this problem, teams will create a humorous story about a family that brings home an “Odd-a-Bot.” Instead of being programmed to perform tasks, this Odd-a-Bot robot learns from watching others. Teams will design, build, and operate an original robot that demonstrates human characteristics when performing tasks. In the performance, the Odd-a-Bot will move and learn human actions from watching characters perform activities such as household chores, creating art, and dancing. The Odd-a-Bot learns more than it was expected to learn, and will confuse its actions with humorous results.
Problem 3: Classics... It's Time, OMER
The future and the past collide in this problem about important works of art – both existing and yet-to-be-created. Teams will create and present an original performance about time travelers looking to discover the inspiration for great works of art, little did they know – it was OMER every time! The travelers go back in time — twice into our past and once into our future. They will see OMER inspire two classical artists and a team-created artist from our future. The performance will include how the three works of art positively impact the world, a visual and audible effect that indicates when time travel is occurring, two re-creations of the classic works of art selected from a list, and a team-created work of art.
Problem 5: To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger
Creativity is being taken away from the world, and it is up to Odyssey teams to rescue it! Teams will create and present a humorous performance about an unexpected superhero that encounters three different situations where it must save creativity in some way. The superhero will change appearance when it displays its superpowers and go back to blending in with society when not. The performance will also include a clumsy sidekick, a nemesis character, a choreographed battle, and a cliffhanger ending.

– The Goshen Central School District fared well at the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Competition at Orange-Ulster BOCES, with six teams advancing to the State Competition April 8 at SUNY Binghamton.

In addition, the Goshen High School’s To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger team won the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award. This award represents the essence of Odyssey of the Mind and is presented to teams or individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity, either through some aspect of their problem solution, or an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution.

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