On Friday March 14th, Middlesex Middle School held the inaugural Family Spontaneous Scrimmage Night for Odyssey of the Mind. The event was open to any families in Darien that wanted to participate in a night of family problem solving and fun. Six teams competed in four challenges with one of the teams comprised of MMS' own esteemed leaders, Principal Debi Boccanfuso, Assistant Principal Andrew Byrne, and the assistant director of special education at the secondary level Carleen Wood.
Verbally challenging themselves, each team had to come up with a cohesive story, line by line, using a word randomly chosen from a pile.
Participants also had to stretch their imaginations to come up with creative items that could be found in a buried chest belonging to a crazy uncle.
The teams then created "clipper ships" from paper clips and index cards and had to see which one could be thrown the farthest (the longest flight was across the length of the cafeteria!)
Finally, the teams used a variety of materials, including dry spaghetti, play-doh, rubber bands, paper clips, straws, and a foam cup, to take their creativity to new heights (as seen in the attached photo). M3B, the winning team, included Louise & Thomas Brown, Judy & Alex Gu, Rudy, Justin & Toby Mossa.