Archive: 2018 Odyssey and team trip to World Competition in Iowa

This is an archive page of the Acton OM’s very successful 2018 competition

This is a video compilation of some of the events and activities during the trip.

We can now show the video of the team’s performance at the Maine State Tournament that won first place in their division and the Dube award:

Acton’s team finished 16th out of 45 competitors in their division at the World Finals.

Altogether there were 833 teams from 14 countries participating in Ames, Iowa.

Acton’s scored weight held at Worlds: 560 pounds!!! WOW!!! But that’s only part of the story. The team’s balsa structure actually held 640 pounds before it broke. Unfortunately they ran out of time and 80 pounds did not count for their score. There were some lessons learned for future competitions.

Winning weight held at State Competition: 325 pounds. They made some major improvements in the tower!

It’s hard to believe, but the winning team’s balsa structure held 1000 pounds. Yes, that’s a structure 15 grams or less. Amazing. According to the score sheets there were a few teams who built structures that held 700+ pounds!

Here are a few pictures of preparation for competition and the team talking with the judges after the tower was crushed. This picture was taken after competition and the team seems really happy!


The team was a hot topic at the New England Tech Trek and New England Amateur Radio Festival on May 4 & 5 2018. They appear several times in this video by Burt Fisher, featuring them as well as other tech displays at NETT:


This blog post discusses a little about the team’s International Buddy team they were chosen to be with. The International team is from Singapore.

Read more about the Acton balsa/structure team’s achievements, what they did and overcame on the About page.

A synopsis of the problem the team competed in (the full program description contains many more details):

Problem 4: Animal House
Divisions I, II, III & IV
Over the years, Odyssey of the Mind teams have designed structures that changed into many unbelievable shapes and sizes that balanced and held as much weight as possible. This year, teams will turn their balsa wood structures into animals! Since animals need to eat, they must be fed. The structure will have its appearance transformed and explained during an original performance. During the performance, the structure must hold the team-created food while it supports weights.

If you’re not familiar with Odyssey of the Mind, here are some links where you can read more about it:

Even if you don’t plan to use GoFundMe to donate, it’s worth a visit just to see the great profiles on each girl there. If you know the “Girl Power” behind this team you will appreciate their SuperHero skills!

Fundraising Video: