We had 18 members at our Monday meeting along with 11 guests. Joining us as guests were the seven Odyssey of the Mind team members, their coach, Archie Barribeau and three parents. Gary Ring thanked all the members that donated books for the Grief Relief Raffle Basket. The Human & Spiritual Aims Committee was able to actually put together three baskets due to our member’s generosity. “Happy Bucks” were offered by Dawn Scannell for her wedding anniversary and the end of tax season being in sight, Pete Vercouteren for being glad to be back and Bonnie Baerwald for her birthday and also a great vacation that she and Lisa had in Florida. Gary Miller was the 50/50 Raffle winner on Monday and he drew the Six of Diamonds, a non-winner. Next week’s drawing will have 41 cards, including seven pay cards, and a pot of at least $128.
STEM Academy, Odyssey of the Mind
Fond du Lac STEM’s Odyssey of the Mind team was awarded the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award in Madison on March 21 and invited to the World Finals at Michigan State University. The team concluded months of hard work and dedication by becoming Wisconsin’s latest Ranatra winners for their solution of the problem, “Pandora’s Box.” The team won the overall solution by receiving 187 out of a total 200 points and also won the style category by scoring a perfect 50 points.
The six-month process included the team researching Greek mythology, scientific principles, special effects, different types of communication, music history, figurative language and stage techniques. The team also developed creative problem-solving strategies, a script, and building plans. In addition, students operated power tools safely and integrated art and music into their solution. Students then combined all their acquired knowledge and skills to create the eight-minute production.
The students will represent Fond du Lac and the state of Wisconsin at Michigan State University in East Lansing on May 19 through May 23. At the World Finals, they will compete against students from over 33 countries.
Archie Barribeau is the faculty leader for this team and truly believes in these kids.