Two Hall County Odyssey of the Mind teams placed third in World Finals of the creative problem-solving competition.
Topping the results were a team from C.W. Davis Middle School competing in the Stack Attack problem and from World Language Academy competing in the Something Fishy problem. It was the sixth straight top three finish for the Davis team. Eight Hall teams brought home top 25 finishes.
The Stack Attack problem involves stacking weights on a balsa wood structure that weighs less than 1 pound. Kim Carroll, who has coached the team each year, said the team’s structure held 1,400 pounds at the competition at Iowa State University.
It probably is the best overall result for Hall County since it began competing in the Odyssey program, Carroll said Tuesday.
The Davis team has had three third and three second place finishes since 2011. It placed third in a field of 55 teams.
“The kids did great,” Carroll said. “That’s what I tell the kids — we want to be top 10.”
The Davis Middle team members are Will McDowell, Jack Ramsey, Sophia Reece, Chelsea Keller, Justin Davis, Kevin Jiang and Brandon Lackey.
Carroll said the two teams in first and second were both from China. More than 800 teams competed in the World Finals.
Aaron and Darcie Turpin coached the World Language team that took third place in the Something Fishy problem.
The problem required the team to “design and operate a technical solution and present the solution in a creative eight-minute performance,” Aaron Turpin said.
Team members are Trinity Failyer, Emma Veiga, Jamie Ingraham, Anna Turpin, Johan Ingraham and Madeleine Vaughn.
“Everything in the solution — including engineering, building, production and performance — must be 100 percent from the student team members and can cost no more than $145,” Turpin said.
The Turpins also coached a Davis Middle team that won 10th place out of 59 teams in Something Fishy.
Carroll and Michelle Torres coached the Flowery Branch High School team that finished eighth out of 39 teams in Stack Attack.
Other teams were:
Martin Technology Academy competing in No Cycle Recycle, placing 24th of 56 teams
Da Vinci Academy competing in Aesop Gone Viral, 10th of 61 teams
Da Vinci Academy competing in No Cycle Recycle, 14th of 61 teams
2 Hall Odyssey of the Mind teams place third in worldwide problem-solving competition