EVART — When it comes to being creative, the Evart High School Odyssey of the Mind team has learned how to think outside of the box — Pandora’s Box that is.

Each year, Odyssey of the Mind teams are given a problem to solve based on a theme. This year, the problem is called Pandora’s Box.

The team creates a skit about the Greek myth Pandora’s Box, while also incorporating the theme of being inside a video game. The team has to solve the problem by correctly telling the story of Pandora’s Box, creating a character that makes it through multiple levels in the video game and creatively solving different problems along the way.

“Being on the team is a lot of fun because we are doing things that we normally wouldn’t do,” said Josh Woods, team member.

Together, the team has created a set for its skit. The set is another part of the problem that is judged based on many things, primarily the creativity.

“I really like the artistic parts of creating the props like spray painting and building,” said Zach Rounds, team member.

The team will compete in regionals on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Greenville Middle School. At the competition, they will have only a few minutes to perform in order to solve their problem. They also will participate in the second part of the competition, call “spontaneous.”

“Spontaneous is when the team is given a problem they have never seen before and have to come up with a solution,” said Micah Wetters, team member.

At the competition, teams are scored for both the spontaneous and the problem-solving events. The top two teams with the highest overall scores will move onto to the state competition on March 21 in Middleville.

“Being in Odyssey of the Mind stimulates creative thinking and gives them opportunity to apply hands on learning while working in a team,” said Jenny Rounds, Odyssey of the Mind coach. “They are all doing really well and I think the performance will be fun to watch.”

The performance of the teams is open to the public for anyone interested in watching what the team has developed in order to solve the problem.

“I think we are ready,” said Jake Quist, team member. “It’s earlier this year than it was last year so we are a little nervous, but excited at the same time.”