Tournament of Minds (ToM) is an international educational program for teams of students to demonstrate their problem solving skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant, creative and public way. The Tournament aims to enhance skills in time management, team work, creative thinking, use of technology, script writing, drama and performance. It provides competitors with a platform for excellence and equips participants with twenty-first century skills for learning whilst further developing an appreciation of self and others.
Students are placed in teams of seven and are required to solve demanding open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:
In 2021, the preparations for the long term challenge were interrupted when the ACT went into lockdown. Teams had to continue to solve their challenges and rehearse their solutions via Zoom breakout rooms. A video recorded in one-take was sent in for judging at the end of Term 3 along with a one-take video recording of the spontaneous challenge. During this time, team members consistently displayed a strong sense of determination, resilience, good humour, positivity and a drive for excellence to see the task through.
We are delighted to reveal that the Social Sciences and STEM teams were announced winners of the Branch finals and will now represent the ACT at the ToM International Finals (TIF) on 16 October. The Arts team was awarded second place.
Hosted by Western Australia in 2021, TIF will be held online with teams competing in challenges designed for a ‘Brady Bunch’ formation on Zoom, rather than the traditional live performance in a 3 by 3 metre square. We wish our teams all the very best for the International Finals.
The Arts Team: Addison Orr, Pippa Du Ross, Rachel Jansen, Annabelle Nakhakes, Eleanor Hall, Samara Siraj, Sophie White
STEM Team: Valerie Murton, Annika Zhang, Laura Griffiths-Smith, Grace Baker, Zara Athaide, Zoe Richardson
Language Literature: Eleanor Harley, Elizabeth Don, Aryana Singh, Lilani Jayasuriya, Sophie Harriden, Abigail Coatsworth
Social Sciences Team: Tara Jayaswal, Eedee Spalding, Felicity Peppinck, Iyla Atreya, Ava Bryant-Robjent, Ella Smith