Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program whose mission is to provide creative problem-solving opportunities for students of all ages. Tasked with solving open-ended problems, students develop creative thinking skills that can be applied to real-life situations.
The Team, consisting of Alec Valera, Matthew Sullivan, Rithik Gunda, Nick Borko, and Mitchell Haynes, were required to choose one of five “long-term” problems as the major focus of their competition. Opting for, “Stellar Hangout,” the team created and presented an original, humorous performance from the point of view of three intergalactic creatures from three different planets, including an inanimate object creature – who work together to find a space treasure. Their solution took the audience on a hilarious adventure from an Intergalactic Boarding School to an abandoned Secret Intergalactic Amusement Park to a VIP Amusement Park. Among many required elements, the performance included an original song and dance and a secret portal which took the space creatures to the Secret Intergalactic Amusement Park after borrowing the principal’s Starrari for the trip.
All of this was presented within an 8-minute time limit!
The team is excited to be representing their home state in the upcoming World Finals. Modeled after the Olympics, the World Finals includes an opening ceremony celebrating the 850 teams with representatives from approximately 40 states and 25 countries worldwide includes competitions and a variety of creative activities for the teams and coaches, many provided by leading scientific and research organizations such as NASA.
Team coaches and parents are busy making arrangements for the 1,200-mile “Odyssey” to Ames. Fund-raising efforts are underway to help defray the nearly $12,000 that will be necessary to fund travel and expenses related to the four-day competition. Contributions are greatly appreciated. You can also send your support through the mail, c/o Jamie Sullivan, 65 Old Tree Farm Lane, Trumbull, CT 06611.
- Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation
- karli smith
- arlene presel
- Alan Presel
- Stephanie Thibault
Fundraising team: Team Tashua Odyssey of the Mind (3)
#1 fundraising platform
More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more
In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more
Expert advice, 24/7
Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more