1995-96 Odyssey of the Mind Teams
High School Team
The High School team did a problem called "Amusin' Crusin'"
This problem requires teams to design, build and drive a vehicle on two
journeys that will take a driver(s) to see "attractions" that are part
of a team-created theme. In addition to transporting the driver(s) past, through
or as part of the attractions, the vehicle will perform required and
team-created tasks. The time limit is 8 minutes. Materials used cannot exceed a
$100 (U.S.)value. (Divisions I, II, III)
"An action packed thrill ride...The suspense grips you and won't let go until the very end!" raves the New York Times. "Two thumbs up. Way up!" say Siskel and Ebert. See the skit nominated for 8 academy awards, including best soundtrack. In the classic style of Frankenstein and Jurassic park, a tale of science gone wrong. Working late one night, a scientist makes an amazing breakthrough. He creates a bridge between man and machine - a bridge that was never meant to be. When worlds collide, two heroes from different universes join forces to battle a danger that threatens to destroy them, and everything else in it's path. Who will emerge triumphant in this microcosmic melodrama? Only eight minutes will tell.
The skit did deliver on the soundtrack. The team got bold this year and performed a short musical number during the set up. Here are the lyrics, sung to the tune of "King of Spain" by Moxy Fruumlvous.
Once I was a simple game
1..2..3..4.. (ba da da da, boum boum ba da... etc.)
You see late, one night, when the scientist was asleep,
Once I was a simple game,
For this problem the team selected a drawing or painting by a French
Impressionist artist and wrote a poem relating to it. The team also selected a
poem written by a famous author, created an original drawing or painting that
relates to the poem, and presented the poem and work of art. Time limit is 8
minutes. Materials used cannot exceed a $95 (U.S.) value for Divisions I, II and
III. Division IV has no cost limit. (Divisions I, II, III, IV)