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STEM ACADEMY'S ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAM
STEM ACADEMY'S ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAM / SUBMITTED PHOTO

TNT Adventure Obstacle Course, located at W5374 County Highway B, Fond du Lac (west of Eden) will be hosting a Family Fun Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18. Proceeds from per person or family fees will go to the STEM Academy “Odyssey of the Mind” (OM) team of seven third through fifth graders.

OM team members include: Alexis Lord, Allison Riley, Sophie Schmidt, Mason McGrath, Ellie Sitter, Miles Dennis, and Jared Ott. Their coach is Archie Barribeau, an instructional technology integration specialist with the Fond du Lac School District. He has coached nine different teams throughout his years as a teacher to the OM World Finals, after winning at the Wisconsin state level in Madison.

World Finals will be hosted this year at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The students will live in the Iowa State dorms from May 27 through June 1, and will experience numerous educational activities during the week. They will compete on Saturday, May 31. The STEM Academy team has also been fortunate to be one of only ten teams chosen world-wide to have a “buddy team.” This year the team has been paired with a team from Mexico, and they will provide friendship and support, as well as trade small gifts with those team members.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition that is worldwide and for ages Kindergarten through college. The team chooses the problem they want to solve (one of five options put out by the OM Headquarters) and must work on a creative solution to meet all specific criteria in solving the problem.

This year’s problem chosen by the STEM Academy team was called “The Not-So-Haunted House.” The team created an eight-minute rhyming skit, and with the use of props, handmade costumes, music, and a handful of pop-up-style special effects, demonstrate their unique solution. Their coach can only help with safety and learning how to use different tools. Teams are judged and scored against other teams from around the U.S. and world within their age division who have chosen the same problem.

TNT Adventure features various obstacles that are permanent and portable. Family Day is designed for all ages 5. Payment can be made at the course. If there is inclement weather in the form of heavy rain and lightning, the event will be cancelled.

Please wear running shoes and comfortable clothing, and come with water. More information including photos of the obstacles can be found at tntadventure.com.

The course opens for the season on Memorial Day, with a holiday workout at 10 a.m. May 26 that is open to all. There is a charge. The course welcomes all groups by appointment. Offered are boot camp-style classes each week aMonday/Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.; and Saturdays at 9 a.m.

Adventure race training will be offered in August most Saturdays. Monthly and season passes can be purchased. Call (920) 539-4415 or email melissa@tntfr.com for more information. A schedule and costs are posted on the tntadventure website.

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