Odyssey of The Impressions
This is the last day of this years Odyssey of the Mind events. The Jungle Bloke team did their spontaneous problem. As usual we're not allowed to know any of the details about it but they came out of it smiling, so we're assuming it went well. We're still getting our pictures of the Ancient Egypt team together, here they are poised to begin their performance; the judges are in the foreground reviewing the team's documents. The Ancient Egypt story line was very clever, everyone who's seen their performance has been impressed by it.
The Ancient Egypt team member who played herself as an Egyptian museum curator and guide, stopped by as our guest blogger to offer her impressions of Odyssey of the Mind in Ames, Iowa.
Odyssey of the Mind has been totally awsome! On Thursday my team, Ancient Egyt divition 1, had our spontaneous problem. It went pretty good, though it could have been better. On Friday my whole team had butterflies in their stomachs because the long term problem was on that day, that fortunately went really great, the best we could have done.We'll be getting some more pictures of the Ancient Egypt team to post soon!
Also on Friday I saw three international shows. Two were doing Jungle Bloke division 3 from Germany and Poland, and one was Ancient Egypt division 1 from Beijing, China. The two division 3 team's english was very good. The teams from China were speaking english but sadly, their accents were so strong you couldn't understand them. The costumes from all three plays were AMAZING! I personally liked the German team the best becuase there was a guy who played two flamingos that talked in rhymes. The flamingo's bodies were hanging at his side and his arms were the necks and his fingers were their heads.
Pin trading is a big part of the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, but you have to buy the pins online, and (luckilly) everyone likes this years California pins. To trade you walk around holding a towel with pins pinned on it and you trade pins for pins that you like.
Maya, 4th grade, Ancient Egypt team
In the meantime, not everybody in Ames is happy to be hosting the Odyssey of the Mind world finals. A member of the information technology staff at Iowa State University has apparently had his world disturbed:
Today was just silly. This so called Odyssey of the Mind is visiting ISU and they want internet access. They're neither staff, student nor faculty, and they want internet access that we all help fund. So, whoever manages this thing made their own NetReg account for them. Legal arguments aside, OK. But since they don't pay for it, we can't help them if they have trouble. 3 days of this. Grrr. Arrg.I guess he doesn't know how much we've paid for these, um, accomadations. Soon enough he can have his network back to resume indulging in World of Warcraft (or whatever it is he'd rather be doing with it).
Then we have the superstitious zodiac enthusiast:
I really want to throw something at these Odyssey of the Mind kids who keep walking all over the zodiac in the MU. When they ask why they got hit with something, I'd explain its bad luck to walk on the zodiac. They wouldn't have had something thrown at them if they didn't walk on it.As our astute 5th grade bloke, Brendan, put it when I told him about this source of upset: why put a big zodiak on the Memorial Union's foyer floor if we're not supposed to walk on it?
The post of the week definitely comes from this disgruntled food service worker:
So I've had to work dining service the last couple of days while we've got Odyssey of the Mind going on here at ISU. Odyssey of the Mind is a competetive educational program, where really intelligent kids all around the world compete for who can solve problems the most creatively, or something like that. Anyway, aren't these kids supposed to be brilliant??? One of the goals of this event is to help students "learn at a young age skills that will last a lifetime." I guess none of these skills include manners, how to clean up after yourself, how to let a guy know if you want scrambled eggs, or how to get parents that push their kids too far to back off. Nor do these kids know that they do not need to stick their thumbs out for a bus. I've really gotten sick of these people. I've had to clean up after them the last couple days after they'd leave their food on their tables. Not on trays, or plates most of the time... and it really wasn't my job to bus tables, either. You take them to the belt, just like everyone else... These kids haven't quite figured this life skill out just yet, I guess. One of my favorite scenes from today was watching a bunch of them dancing around, all happy-like, playing with their hard-earned, cheap, plastic awards. How sick is that??? I wonder if it's really so much an event to help kids learn and grow, or if it's just an idea someone came up with to help colleges and universities grow financially. Either way, this whole thing kinda makes me sick. Just like everything else, though, I guess... Blah, I can't wait for the week to end.Right, there was a notice posted in the cafeteria: don't be happy! Anyway, we bussed our tables, taking the cafeteria trays all of the way to conveyor belt. So nyah nyah nyah. Who can't appreciate the work that goes into pouring cereal out of boxes and into bins, opening cans, ladling sloppy joes, stocking plastic flatware and paper cups? Restaurant work is hard. We all wish this under-achiever luck in the long unhappy food service career he's destined for and we'll be happy to exchange snarky remarks anytime.
But seriously folks, we've actually encountered really nice people in Ames and we're extremely grateful for their hospitality. The shuttle services and ISU staff have been very helpful. The food at Hickory Park was very good. Having grown up in a town frequented by tourists, I can sympathesize with Iowan's frustration. Coming to Iowa for the world finals has been a great opportunity for the kids to broaden their horizons. The award ceremonies are tonight, that's when we'll learn the outcome of the competitions. And then we'll be on our way home.