By Kelli Gile
DIAMOND BAR—Evergreen Elementary STEAM Odyssey of the Mind team won first place in the Los Angeles County regional competition held on February 24.
The champions will now go on to compete at the state level March 24 at University of California, Riverside.
The Odyssey of the Mind program promotes creativity and problem solving skills.
The two parts of competition are the long-term and spontaneous problems.
The spontaneous problem is private and cannot be spectated, however the long-term problem comes in the form of a skit that anyone can watch.
The plot, props, and actions in the 8-minute skit are all created from scratch by the students.
This year team’s long term problem is “Emoji, Speak for Yourself”.
Teams build several devices as the communication tools to perform a detective investigation story by operating different mechanic functions without any human verbal voice at all during the skit.
Evergreen team members are Evan Auyeung, Ianna Lin, Reese Chen, Sarah Teng, Andrew Tsai, Audrey Doraton, and Rohan Chakrabortyguf. They are coached by Sam Lin, Rajesh Gupta and Sean Lin.