EdWatch: Red Clay triples Odyssey of the Mind involvement

By Amy Cherry 10:01pm, April 30, 2013 - Updated 10:09pm, April 30, 2013
First-time Odyssey of the Mind team members in Red Clay test their creativity and problem solving skills in front of the pros.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.

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Red Clay has tripled the number of Odyssey of the Mind teams in its district. One team even placed first in the nation and fifth in the world.

One of the problems students tackle--

"Building a device that will hold up to 700 lbs out of balsam wood," says Red Clay Superintendent Merv Daugherty.

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Daugherty says the internationally renowned program is a way to promote academics in after-school activities.

"This isn't tutoring. This is actually taking what you've learned and moving it into problem solving activity. So our students have really taken up the cause to be involved with it," he says.

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The program gets parents involved too--they're often team coaches.

"The excitement after school allows all the students to be engaged and it promotes what we're trying to do in academics with the activities of working together and thinking outside the box to solve a problem," he says.

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Tonight their skills will be on display at the Red Clay Odyssey of the Mind Exhibition.

"We have the OM judges coming; they will be judging them just like it was an overall competition, and I think it's just going to snowball into more teams," Daugherty says.

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The exhibition runs from 5-8pm at Highlands Elementary, located at 2100 Gilpin Avenue.

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