|2016-04-18 by Bruce R. Partain|
|Longmont kids win state, headed to world competition|
Longmont has a team in the World Finals of the Odyssey of the Mind competition.
Representing our fair city will be seven young STEM scholars aged 7-11 from St. John the Baptist Catholic School. They’ve just won the state finals for their design of a special vehicle with an environmental twist.
They will compete at the World Finals in May at Iowa State University, against 800 teams from 24 countries. To do that they need to raise the $3,000 entry fee, in addition to the costs for lodging, meals, and transportation. Team members are Cecilia, Elias, Joe, Jasmin, Joshua, Joseph and Nick. Kathy Weimer is Team Coach and mother of one of the team.
To help, make a donation to: Colorado Odyssey of the Mind (note Team 632 in the notes field) and send to St. John the Baptist Catholic School, 350 Emery St., Longmont, CO 80501. All donations are tax-deductible.
Nick was only 3 years old when he made his first invention called the “Puffer Machine.” Today he is 10, and just accomplished what very few young scientists and budding engineers have: he and his 6 team members from Longmont took first place in the Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament. But they didn’t stop there; this unlikely team in their first year of competition went on to win the state tournament by a huge margin. They were tasked with the challenge of designing a steerable vehicle that could hold two people, had a self-contained propulsion system and used an originally-created trash retrieval system.
This team is the only team from a Longmont school to advance to the World Finals.
Throughout the problem solving process, Odyssey of the Mind students learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts by assessing the composition and strength of materials, designing vehicles and devices, engineering structures, sets and backdrops, and calculating scores, geometry and physics.
These students are our future engineers, entrepreneurs, paleontologists, chemists, doctors and inventors. As team parents, we have already committed to covering the costs of the coach and chaperones, but we need assistance to make this once-in-a-lifetime experience possible for our kids. Please consider donating to the team’s fundraising effort.
For more information about Odyssey of the Mind, see: https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/whatis.php