On Saturday, March 16, the 40th Annual Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament took place at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Fairfield sent a state-high 18 teams to the competition from Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield Woods Middle School, and the elementary schools Stratfield, Jennings, McKinley, North Stratfield, and Burr to compete in a variety of problems. They worked together for months to solve a long-term problem (in an original skit) which they performed live in eight minutes in front of a panel of judges. The student members wrote the skit, built their sets out of recycled materials and designed and created their costumes. The teams were also given a problem the day of the competition which they spontaneously solved in a limited time; both problems scored together determined the teams’ standings.
The Stratfield, Jennings, and Burr teams will be headed to the World Finals at Michigan State University from May 22-25, having placed in the top of their Divisions for the work they did. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. Jennifer Maxon Kennelly, who helps to recruit and support teams from all of Fairfield’s schools, attended the day’s events and spoke with pride of their work. “In Fairfield, this amazing program - which works on skills for children that will be invaluable to them both during school and as they enter the work force - has been slowly growing. Our turnout of 18 teams this year truly exceeded my expectations!” She went on to add, “If there are any other schools that would like more information, please be in touch with our Facebook page: Fairfield, CT Odyssey of the Mind.”