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PMSD hosts Northeast PA Odyssey of the Mind competition, Saturday, March 11

Pocono Mountain School District will host the Northeast Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind regional tournament on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Pocono Mountain West High School.

The event will feature more than 100 teams, of up to seven students, from 40 regional K-12 schools competing in this creative problem-solving program. The northeast region includes Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties.

On Saturday, approximately 700 students will put their creativity to the test to tackle long-term problems in an eight-minute performance. The teams received the problem descriptions early in the school year and had to work with only a small budget for supplies. This year’s long-term problems range from creating a robot that learns from others to imagining how time traveling could have inspired important works of art. Teams will also take on a secret spontaneous problem that they receive when they walk into the spontaneous event room, and they must solve the problem on the spot.

All events, except the spontaneous event, are open to the public. Events begin at 8 a.m., with the last event starting at 4 p.m. The award ceremony will begin between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium where state finalists will be awarded medals. The awards ceremony will also stream live at

Winners of the regional tournament will advance to state finals in Moon, just outside of Pittsburgh, in April. Those state finalists will compete to advance to World Finals at Michigan State University in May. Eight teams from northeast Pennsylvania advanced to World Finals last year.

This is the seventh consecutive year the Pocono Mountain School District has hosted the NEPA Odyssey of the Mind Competition.

The following is a list of the schools sending teams to compete at the NEPA Odyssey of the Mind Competition on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Pocono Mountain West High School. 
  • Abington Heights Elementary School
  • Abington Heights High School
  • Abington Heights Middle School
  • Berwick Area Senior High School
  • Clear Run Intermediate School
  • Crestwood High School
  • Crestwood Middle School
  • DeFranco Elementary School
  • Delaware Valley Elementary School
  • Delaware Valley High School
  • Delaware Valley Middle School
  • Dingman-Delaware Elementary School
  • Dingman-Delaware Middle School
  • Easton Area Middle School Campus
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Five Points Elementary School
  • Lehigh Elementary School
  • Lehighton Area Middle School
  • Lehighton Area Senior High School
  • March Elementary School
  • Moore Elementary School
  • Mountain View Schools
  • Nazareth Area Intermediate School
  • Northampton High School
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Our Lady of Peace School
  • Pocono Mountain East High School
  • Pocono Mt East Junior High School
  • Pocono Mountain West High School
  • Pocono Mountain West Junior High School
  • Preston Area School
  • Rice Elementary School
  • Shohola Elementary School
  • Siegfried Elementary School
  • Susquehanna Community Elementary School
  • Swiftwater Intermediate Center
  • Tobyhanna Elementary Center
  • Tracy Elementary School
  • Washington Elementary School