In the recent state finals in the Odyssey of the Mind Competition, Monument Academy teams showed a knack for problem solving, creativity and teamwork..
The charter school’s fifth grade team won a second place overall in its division and will advance to the world finals in Ames, Iowa in May. More than 800 teams will compete in the event at Iowa State University, according to an email announcement.
The fifth graders had to pass a “driver’s test” by designing, building and driving a vehicle and maneuvering it through a special course. The vehicle had two separate propulsion systems, and was equipped with a directional signal and talking GPS.
The coach is Kathy King, and team members are Kendal Van DenHoek, Aiden Euler, Abbott Bull, Harris Cunningham, Sabra Catalano and Ian Porter.
The school’s middle school teams placed third in their division.