Approximately 850 teams competed worldwide, with 40 participating from California. The final awards will be aired May 30th.
The 7 member team--Reagan Ertman, Cameron Geida, Cary Geida, Natalie Held, Brady Lange, Rehaan Mehrotra and Jack Schneider--coached by 2nd-grade teacher Michelle Lautanen had placed first in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament in February, and was excited to compete at the further levels. While the Pacific team, and all Odyssey of the Mind teams around the world, were not able to further compete in person, Odyssey of the Mind did what it does best and thought outside the box and made the World Finals virtual.
The Pacific team rose to the task, and spent the last month preparing to compete: First, they had to submit online a video of their long-term problem, which required them to remotely videotape themselves talking to the Judges about their performances for their long-term skit, "The Effective Detective: The Lost City of Atlantis", as well as photograph and submit online pictures of their various creations used in their problem to be scored by Judges. Second, the team had to virtually compete live in a spontaneous problem. The team safely social distanced in a back yard to provide creative answers to one question in a 25 minute time period. Then, they had to submit their response online before time expired.
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