Winning Team from Sunrise Valley ES Gears Up for Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Students from Sunrise Valley Elementary School are getting ready for the final round of an international educational competition that encourages students to solve complex problems.

The local team advanced to finals after winning first place in the northern Virginia regional tournament of Odyssey of the Mind by a 48-point margin in early April.

Odyssey of the Mind provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members solve problem from building mechanical classics to presenting their interpretation of literary classics. World finals will be held May 22 through May 24 in Michigan.

“Each of the seven girls on the team have put in hundreds of hours since September to earn a spot at Worlds,” said Valentina Golac, who is working with the team. “Their school and community is very proud of them.”

The team has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance their trip to Michigan for the world finals. So far, they’ve raised $1,411 of their $10,000 goal.

Participating countries  include China, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland and Uzbekistan.

Photos via Valentina Golac

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