Can an 8-inch high, 18-gram balsa wood and glue structure hold 830
pounds of weights? It can, if it’s built by the John Burroughs High
School Odyssey of the Mind team.
Team members Daniel Anderson, Benji Baker, George Erinakis, Carla
Manosalvas, Josh Patterson, Matt Patterson and Ben Sullivan finished
10th at the 24th annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals earlier this
month in Ames, Iowa.
The team, coached by Steven Everhart, competed against 45 teams
from as far away as Germany and Singapore. Odyssey of the Mind is a
problem-solving group with members who are of kindergarten through
Members decide on a problem, and the Burroughs students chose one
where they could build an odd pod, a structure that sits on its legs
and supports weights.