An Odyssey of the Mind team from Pella is advancing to the world competition on May 23-26 in Ames. Pella Community School’s Division I team placed first at the state competition in April. Odyssey of the Mind is an international creativity competition that helps students develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and subjects like math, language arts, among others. Pella’s teams began practicing last October; At the beginning of the season, teams are given five long-term problems to choose from. Pella’s Division I team chose, “A Stellar Hangout.” The team had to create a scenario centered on a science fiction hangout that included three original characters, foods and a search for space treasure. Pella Community School’s Division I team will compete against 800 other teams representing more than 26 countries at the worlds competition.
Governor Kim Reynolds stopped by recently to visit with the assembly workers at the C & C Manufacturing plant in Ottumwa. Company executives President Gaylon Cowan and Vice-President Geoff Cowan, told Reynolds C & C Manufacturing is bringing in plenty of business — but they could use more of the great workers they rely upon. Starting almost 25 years ago in a 10-foot workspace, C & C Manufacturing now occupies a 150,000 sq/ft production facility; One piece of equipment the governor asked about was the car crusher, or “logger,” which can turn an SUV into a refrigerator-sized package in roughly one minute. They also produce snow removal equipment is in use at such international airports as John F. Kennedy in New York.