Young creatives compete in Odyssey of the Mind State Finals

Students prepare to perform a skit in the Odyssey of the Mind State Finals Tournament.

Some of the most creative young minds from across Michigan came together at Traverse City Central High School Saturday for the Odyssey of the Mind State Finals Tournament.

Odyssey of the Mind allows kids to team up by age group and work together to solve different types of problems in the form of a skit.

Tournament organizers say that it challenges students in a way that typical schoolwork does not.

"What's really wonderful about Odyssey is it does tap into the creative parts of the brain that we don't always get the chance to tap into in the classroom, but it also relates directly with both STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and Common Core," said Pam Gombert, the Association Tournament Director for Michigan Odyssey of the Mind.

Saturday's competition was the culmination of regional tournaments held throughout the state this winter. The teams representing the Northwest Michigan Region are: Johannesburg Elementary and Middle School, Crystal Lake Elementary School, Blair Elementary School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School, Traverse City East Middle School, Glen Lake Community Schools, St. Francis High School, Kalkaska Middle School, Kalkaska High School, Benzie Central Middle/High School, Frankfort Elementary School, Platte River Elementary School, and St. Mary School.

Winning teams from the State Finals will have the chance to compete in the World Finals Tournament at Iowa State University May 28th-31st.