Monday 24 August 2015

Tournament of Minds Victory

,, Each year, Ivanhoe Grammar School competes in the Metro Northern Region Tournament of the Minds Competition.Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. Teams solve challenges from a choice of the following disciplines; Applied Technology, Language Literature, Maths Engineering or Social Sciences. TOM provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their problem solving skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way. The tournament also aims to enhance time management, enterprise, working as a team, thinking outside the square, utilising technology, working within a competitive environment and promote knowledge and appreciation of self and others.This year, we had three teams from The Ridgeway Campus and three teams from Plenty Campus representing Language Literature, Applied Technology and Maths Engineering. All teams worked consistently during their lunch times on the challenges and prepared their presentations.All teams performed exceptionally well in their division with The Ridgeway Campus Maths Engineering group successful in gaining first place in the regional final and Plenty Campus Language Literature winning their division.The Plenty Campus winning team consisted of Year 7’s Olivia, Emily, Vaida and Aysha, Year 8 Anastasia and Year 9’s Olivia and Sophia.

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The Ridgeway Campus winning team consisted of Year 7’s Haleena and Janelle, Year 8’s Andrew, Tom, Georgios and Peter and Year 9 Zoe.


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Each team was required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for six weeks without assistance from teachers, parents or peers. This challenge encouraged the students to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they aim to produce their best possible solution and communicate this to others on Tournament Day.

On the day, the team was required to present their solution to the judges and an audience within ten minutes and in the confines of a three metre by three metre performance area. In addition, the team also participated in a Spontaneous Challenge, which required the ability to think on their feet and work cooperatively as a team.

As a result of their excellent teamwork the Ivanhoe students will compete in the State Final at La Trobe University on Sunday 13 September.

Congratulations to all our students for the hard work and effort they have put into this program.

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