Another year, another round of problems solved.

And, so it is with the Odyssey of the Mind program, offered to students from kindergarten through college. According to the website, the program provides "creative problem-solving opportunities." Team members use creativity to solve problems, ranging from building mechanical gadgets to showing a new interpretation of literary classics. Solutions are then showcased in competitions at local, state and world level. Thousands of teams from the U.S. and about 25 other countries participate.

The regional level recently yielded the winners, who now advance to the state contest set for March 23 at Heritage High in Brentwood.

Several East County schools participated at the Concord High regional, with six area teams advancing to the state level.

Making its way to Heritage High will be: Holy Rosary School, which placed second in the Pet Project Div. IB; Brentwood Elementary, first place in the Email Must Go through Div. I; Krey Elementary, first in Architecture: The Musical Div. IA; Garin Elementary, first, and Krey, second, in Tumble Wood Div. IB; and Bristow Middle, second, It's How You Look at It Div. II Although the journey ends for these teams, they received acknowledgment and applause for placing in the top six spots at the contest:

Krey with a fourth place in the Email Must Go through Div. I; Brentwood Elementary, 5th place in Architecture: The Musical Div. IA; Brentwood's Black Diamond Theatre Company, third, Architecture: The Musical Div. III; Discovery Bay Elementary, second, and Garin Elementary in third for Tumble Wood Div. IA; Pioneer Elementary, third, and another Pioneer team, sixth, in Tumble Wood Div. IB; Loma Vista Elementary, fifth, and Discovery Bay, sixth, in It's How You Look At It Div. I; and Adams Middle, fifth place, It's How You Look at It Div. II.

Other participants included teams from Brentwood's Garin Elementary, Pioneer Elementary, Ron Nunn Elementary, Adams Middle, Bristow Middle and Edna Hill Middle; Knightsen Elementary; Discovery Bay's Timber Point Elementary; and Bryon's Excelsior Middle.

For more information on the program and process, visit http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/.

Contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net .