Hillcrest Middle School's Odyssey - take two!
Come to our Krispy Kreme Donut Sale fundraisers! April 27, 3pm, Como Lake Village, and May 6, 12 pm, Rona on Austin
April 27 update: Thank you so much to our sponsors so far:
- Como Lake Optical
- Evergreen Orthodontics
- Finger Food Studios
- Your Dollar Store with More - Como Lake Village, for the in-store credit
- John Grasty, Realtor, for the auction prize donation
- Doppio Zero Pizza, for the auction prize donation
Kids worldwide, from kindergarten to university, come together in small groups in their own age divisions to solve problems that range from how to stack as much weight as possible on the tiniest structure possible to creatively interpreting classical literature in a fun and interesting way - and they do it all fully independently (the little ones are under adult supervision, of course). The solutions are 100% child-determined and they cannot have adult input (in fact, they can get penalized for it! I 'coach' but it's mainly a supportive role.). It is incredible to see these kids band together to come up with creative, artistic, and functional solutions to problems. It is STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) at its best! They learn teamwork, respect for each other's ideas, patience, and of course, a lot of practical skills.
Though some of the teammates have changed, our daughter's team has made it to World Finals twice before and this year makes it an academic hat trick! Threepeat! This year, the team at Hillcrest Middle School in Coquitlam chose to solve the "Classics...Mockumentary, Seriously?!" problem, which required them to imagine they are characters from a classic piece of literature and solve a problem about a central plot point from the story. They had to choose from a list of stories and decided upon Alice in Wonderland. Alice and the White Rabbit are set to face off - arguing about why Alice when down the rabbit hole. They're showing their solution to the problem through a mockumentary made up of interviews, voiceovers, live-action acting, and clever behind-the-scenes work. I can't give away much more than this, as their solution has to be top secret until after World Finals, but you should see the amazing props they created!!
Six months of hard work (a lot of duct tape and hot glue, and a LOT of fun) resulted in their team of Grade 6s and 7s winning the Provincial GOLD medal! Not only do they have that exciting claim to fame, but now they can travel to Odyssey World Finals at Iowa State University at the end of May of this year! World Finals is a breathtaking experience! Over 15,000 kids from countries all over the world (image 2 on that page - that's me!), participating in an olympiad-type competition. Last year, we interacted with teams from Poland, Mexico, Indonesia, Singapore, Togo, all across the United States, and those are just some of the people we talked to! The kids get more out of the experience than a competition - they learn the appreciation of other cultures and languages, they learn that the world is bigger than their corner of the Tri-Cities, they learn acceptance and respect, and they learn more about themselves and their place in the universe. They leave far richer than you can imagine.
But we need your help to get there. The travel costs and boarding will cost us over $13,000. We would welcome your donations, from the smallest individual donation to larger corporate sponsorship. Last year, we had Finger Food Studios and DivineTVChannel as our major sponsors and we were proud to wear their logos on our team shirts on a world stage (and for ages hereafter in the Tri-Cities)! All donations over $25 are eligible for a tax receipt because the money actually goes to the Creative Problem Solving Society (or CPSS), the Registered Charity that administers the Odyssey program in BC. You donate to the CPSS with funds earmarked for our Hillcrest Middle School team, you get the tax receipt, we get the reimbursement to cover our team's travel costs. It's a win-win-win! If you don't need a tax receipt, you can go directly to our GoFundMe page and donate there.
Please consider sponsoring these amazing kids - they'll be the leaders of our community one day! Contact me (Jennifer) to see how you can donate to our team or sponsor us!
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