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 Opti-Minds 2016

On the weekend we had four teams compete in the annual Opti-minds challenge. Students had to travel to Bundaberg to compete as a team in a Long Term Challenge and a Spontaneous Challenge. Teams spent 6 weeks working getting ready for the day, there have been challenges, obstacles as well as laughter and great team work. Forty-one teams competed from sixteen different schools around the Wide Bay area. Students were given the Synopses below to develop their ideas and I’m sure you can agree this was quite the challenge. All students were to develop ideas themselves and were asked questions on the day to prove they completed the task with minimal staff assistance.

 

2016 Opti-MINDS’ Challenge Synopses:

The Language Literature Challenge  

 ‘RIDDLES, REBUSES AND RACONTEURS’

noun, mystery:

  • a novel, short story, play, or film whose plot involves a crime or other event that remains puzzlingly unsettled until the very end.

“…And just as mysteriously, a rebus tantalisingly appeared – as if scratched into the surface of the thing! ...”

Teams must create a mystery story around the above excerpt which must:

  • be consistent with the Mystery genre;
  • include the excerpt (above) as a key element;
  • include the rebus (teams may create their own – or use an existing one).
  • include a raconteur;
  • include a character who speaks in riddles; and
  • define the mystery - and show its solution.
 

 The Science Engineering Challenge

‘PONGLING’

‘PONGLING’ has taken hold of Opti-Topia! 

This new sensation is sweeping the planet and Opti‑Topians are excitedly ‘pongling’ wherever they can…  But what IS ‘PONGLING’? 

Teams must:

  • decide what ‘PONGLING’ is and why it is so popular; and
  • create a PONGLE device that will ping the PONG as many times as possible.
 

 The Social Sciences Challenge:

‘CHANGE & ADAPTATION’          

Change is necessary for survival.

Companies change their products over time to stay in business.  Animals change their habits in response to environmental factors. People change their ways and constantly evolve.

Teams must:

  • choose a group that exists today – and determine its major habits/characteristics.
    • Fast forward 50 years into the future and identify major changes undergone by the group in this period of time; and
    • Decide whether these changes were made voluntarily or by necessity.

Devise a significant event from that period which was a catalyst for important change to occur; and

Come up with the innovative responses to this event that enabled the chosen group to evolve as a group.     

 

Team One was lucky enough to walk away with a Spirit of Optiminds Award, given to a team that showed exemplary teamwork skills, and Team Three was awarded Honours for their response to the Social Sciences, this means they move on to the State finals. Congratulations to all the teams for their persistence and dedication.

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Team 1
Team 2
Team 3
Team 4
Xavier Winners
5 Story Tree House
X-plosives
Pixel Minds
Louise Drake
5
Jessica Amai
4
Megan Mulholland
6
Luke McLaughlin
7
Toby Railz
5
Emelia Csetoth
4
Chloe Wood
6
Max Maynard
4
Georgia Cassidy
6
Zoe Kliendienst
4
Tahlia Wilson
6
Jaylen Ironside
4
Cailey Veitch
6
Mia Fischer
4
Stella Ignatenko
6
Reece Wiegmink
5
Kirra Byrnes
5
Tanika Paterson
4
Ruby Gibbs
5
Adam Wylie
4
Kiara Santoni
5
Ashleigh Relf
5
Corey Arnold
5
Tayla Van Goethem
5
Charlotte Everett
5


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