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Odyssey of the Mind 2014

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving competition. It teaches students how to work in teams and think divergently to come up with creative solutions within a limited budget. Teams must complete a Long-Term Problem, whose subject matter varies from the technical to the artistic to the classical. Teams will also participate in a Spontaneous Problem, which they will not know what the problem is until they enter the competition room. 

Anglican High School was represented by three teams at the Odyssey of the Mind Finals on 4 and 5 April 2014. The teams emerged 2nd (The Stackable Structure), 4th (The Not-so-Haunted house) and 6th (It's How We Rule) in their respective categories and Divisions. The team which came in 2nd will actually qualify for the World Finals at Iowa State University, (United States).

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Division 2 Problem 2 – 
The Not-So-Haunted House (4th Position)
JAMES ETHAN HOWE (2A)
NG LI SHIAN (2B)
ESTHER YEO (2B)
ANNA TEH (2B)
VALERIE TANG (2F)
LEO BOON JUNE CELINE (2F) 








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Division 2 Problem 3 – 
It’s How We Rule (6th Position)
LIM JUN XIAN CALEB (2C)
CHANG YU QING (2C)
KOH SHI QI (2C)
CHAN XI LEVONA (2C)
JERALDINE POH JIE MIN (2C)
LIM WEI EN WAYNE (2C)
NICHOLE KHOO QI YING (2C)



On 26 May 2014, a team of students, comprising of Ko Lijia (2A), Yi Bo (2A), James Ethan Howe (2A), Toh Kehan (2A), Tracy Chen (2B) and Joey Chong (1E), set off for the United States of America to participate in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals 2014. 

Held over four days from 27 May to 31 May, the World Finals took place at Iowa State University, USA. With more than 836 teams from all over the world participating, it was indeed an exciting and memorable experience watching other teams’ creative performances, and making new friends with people from different cultures. As part of the cultural exchange, each overseas team was partnered with a USA team. Our team had an enriching time interacting with our buddy team from Colorado Springs. During the competition period, our team was housed in the accomodation at Friley Hall in the midst of the huge campus with many lovely gardens.
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As a team which participated in the Long-Term Problem 4 "The Stackable Structure" during the Finals held in Singapore, we had to build a structure using only balsa wood and glue to hold as much weight as possible within the given limitations. It also has to be integrated into the team’s performance of the solution. 
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As first timers in the World Finals, we were quite pleased with our results. Out of the 41 teams in Division 2 Problem 4, the team from Anglican High School came in 5th for the Spontaneous round and 17th in position overall. 

After the competition, the team toured Chicago as part of their cultural tour. The team visited places like Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes in North America, the Field Museum, where the movie A Night at the Museum was filmed, and the Shedd aquarium where they learnt about the different species of marine life. The team also went up the Chicago Skydeck, where the view was amazing from 103 floors above ground.
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After 10 memorable days, the team left the USA on 4 June to head back home. The entire experience has been a very rich learning experience for those involved.