Four of Magee Middle School’s five Odyssey of the Mind teams will advance to World Finals after Saturday’s State Finals Competition at Canyon del Oro High School. All five Magee teams brought home trophies after competing with top schools from throughout Arizona.
The VEHICLE team placed third, barely missing the chance to go to World Finals, with a handmade vehicle that had to be taken apart, put in a small box, and reassembled to navigate multiple challenges.
All other Magee teams will compete at World Finals. The CLASSICS team placed second at State, portraying Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop and some real and imaginary inventions.
The STRUCTURE team placed first at State, with a 15-gram balsa-wood framework that was tossed into a target and then held 550 pounds of weight before breaking.
One group of Magee 8th graders worked on TWO problems this year, and placed FIRST in BOTH the TECHNICAL problem and the DRAMA Theatrical problem. The TECH team crated a robotic creature that hides in plain sight via technical camouflage, and the DRAMA team portrayed a humorous resolution after a sneaky character creates conflict between two opposite groups.
Next stop: Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, Michigan State University, May 21-26, 2019.
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