Creative competitions at Odyssey of the Mind

By Kelly McCarthy

March 9, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After months of hard work, local teams put their skills to the test at the Odyssey of the Mind tournament.

Students of all ages competed in different problem solving categories, which is part of the Odyssey of the Mind international education program.

Teams are scored for long-term problem solving, on-the-spot problem solving and for style points.

"You could get wrapped up in the points and how well you're doing, but ultimately its about the kids," said Odyssey of the Mind judge Emily Asare. "How well they're able to portray their creativity and what they've been working on for so long."

More than a hundred teams practiced and performed in front of judges in hopes of making it to the next round.

"Well we even had to do some work today because our props weren't working right and we started really late but we got a lot of the work done and it looks really cool and I think we're going to go to states," said Maggie Lynch, of West Middle School.

Odyssey of the Mind had more teams sign up this year than the past two years.

The regional competition held Saturday at Broome-Tioga BOCES determined which teams go on to the state tournament later this month.

The state tournament is Saturday, March 23, at Binghamton University.