Two teams from Lewis Frasier Middle School recently participated in the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition, an educational program that promotes creative problem-solving.
The all-day event, held Feb. 12 in Savannah, pitted the Lewis Frasier teams against other middle-school teams from Southeast Georgia who were solving the same problems they were.
Lewis Frasier’s Team Goldberg had to design and build a Rube Goldberg machine, which is a complex machine designed to do a simple task.
In this case, the task was to hammer a nail into a board. Instead of using a hammer, the team designed an intricate machine using water, pulleys and levers to drop a brick onto a nail, driving it into a board.
Team Goldberg, consisting of seventh-graders Jordan Graham, Brianna Guidry, Caleb Sanker and eighth-grader Alec Wimmer, won first place. In addition to building the machine, they also performed a skit that explained how the machine was invented.
Team Goldberg will advance to the state competition April 16 in Columbus. From there, the team has a chance to compete at the national level.
Lewis Frasier’s Team Mousemobile had to design and build small cars that were powered entirely by mousetraps. These cars had to overcome a variety of obstacles, such as driving through a tunnel or over a ramp.
Team Mousemobile, consisting of sixth-graders Khristian Cummings, Trenton Guidry, Logan Lee, Alex O’Neal, Tamara Tidline and seventh-grader Kyle Corrigan, won third place.
All of the students on the team were first-time participants, and school officials said the team did a great job.
Lewis Frasier art teacher Christine Capps coached both teams. She said she is very proud of how they performed and the level of creativity and teamwork they demonstrated.