A Redding team of sixth and seventh graders from Grant School won first place at the California "Odyssey of the Mind" tournament last month.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program which provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. The Grant School team, "The Castaways," won the tournament after creating a mechanical device with limited money.
"The Castaways" had to design and construct their device, which was a "pet," then present it with a skit.
Now, after winning the state championship, the students are onto the world championship in Lansing, Mich. And they tell us for some of them, it isn't their first time.
"I think the competition is fun," said team member Seth Rehmann. "And just being there...they have...it's actually four days they have things... They have like pin trading and you get to know people from around the world. It's a lot of fun."
The team is composed of Rehmann along with Jordan Zane, John Eatman, Finn Cave and Isaac Sorrells.
"The Castaways" did not just win first place in the state, they took home an award for "outstanding creativity," which was quite a feat considering there were only two of those awards handed out among the 200 teams that competed that day.
Jordan Zane's father Tobe Zane is "The Castaways" coach and he said they are in it to win it.
"They're looking to get first," Zane said. "They are going big or they're staying home so they are adapting and modifying and improving and they are going to definitely go for first place."
The world championship is May 22 to 25 in Lansing, Mich. The team is looking for sponsors. If you would like to help, call Debbie Kogel at Grant School at 243-4962.