For the third consecutive year, The Harbour School will be representing Hong Kong in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals taking place May 23 – 26 at Iowa State University in the U.S.
The Hong Kong Regional Tournament of Odyssey of the Mind took place on March 3 with THS students winning the Hong Kong championships for their division and earning their place in the World Finals. A total of 50 teams competed throughout the day in the Odyssey of the Mind Hong Kong Regional Tournament and there will be approximately 900 teams competing in the World Finals.
THS’s team consisted of six students from Grade 4 to Grade 7. Odyssey of the Mind challenges participants to use creative ways to solve problems and to think outside the box. The competition emphasizes science, technology, engineering, math, history and art.
The participating students found the experience very rewarding. “Odyssey of the Mind was an immersing experience that really tested our teamwork and pushed our boundaries. I enjoyed learning new skills and solving the problems we encountered. When they announced we had won I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. It was amazing!” according to Ben, THS Grade 6 student.
Jino, a Grade 5 student said, “The performance was so exciting and I was so nervous that I was going to fail the whole performance. But it ended up being one of the best days in my whole entire life. Let's go to the world finals!”
The students produced a comedy set in a “hangout" in outer space. The performance needed to include original characters from different planets, original food, a quest for space treasure, costumes and a script. The students constructed everything on their own and used their own creativity for the performance.
“We are so proud of this year’s team who has grown in so many ways - we have seen new leaders emerge, original ideas shared, new friendships formed. We are also hugely grateful to the supportive team of parents as they’ve really given the team a special edge this year. Winning the Hong Kong regionals was a wonderful surprise and we feel so privileged to take our Division I team to the U.S. to perform on a world stage. It will be an unforgettable experience for the students and we are so proud to share their success,” explained Charlotte Hankin, The Harbour School Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator and Learning Extension and Lower Primary Literacy Coordinator.