Odyssey of the Mind: More problems, more fun

By Amanda Hari

April 13, 2014 Updated Apr 13, 2014 at 12:10 AM EDT

Binghamton, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Students from all over the Southern Tier showcased their problem solving skills in hopes of moving on to a world-wide competition.

The 35th annual New York State Odyssey of the Mind finals took place at Binghamton University on Saturday.

There were 240 teams of students ranging in age from kindergarten to college, who worked on their creative problem solving skills.

Each team worked on one of five problems and are split into three divisions.

“The kids here are fabulous,” said State Problem Captain Wayne Otte, “they're all interested and excited to be here.”

The students participated in activities ranging from writing and acting in skits, to creating props and building structures.

Each team didn't compete against one another, they competed against the problem.

"This is a program that takes the education and does it differently than most education processes," Otte said, "most education process work towards an answer and odyssey of the mind works towards answers."

The judges compared the teams' answers against the project criteria and scored it based on how closely the teams’ answers matched the criteria.

The first and second place winner of each problem and division will move on to the world competition in Iowa.