Tour­na­ment a chal­lenge for stu­dents

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - An­drew Bros­nan

Five Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der schools have dis­patched teams to Esper­ance to com­pete in the 2015 Tour­na­ment of Minds, rep­re­sent­ing the high­est level ever of par­tic­i­pa­tion by lo­cal stu­dents.

St Mary’s, St Joseph’s, Kal­go­or­lie and Han­nans pri­mary schools, along with John Paul Col­lege, will be rep­re­sented at the re­gional tour­na­ment.

St Mary’s Pri­mary School ex­ten­sion and en­rich­ment sup­port teacher Julie Gard­ner de­scribed the num­ber of teams com­pet­ing as a “huge leap in in­ter­est” this year.

Six weeks of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion will come to a head when each team gives a 10-minute pre­sen­ta­tion to­day, with an ad­di­tional spon­ta­neous chal­lenge to fol­low.

The Tour­na­ment of Minds is a prob­lem solv­ing pro­gram for teams of stu­dents to solve de­mand­ing, open-ended chal- lenges. Each team is re­quired to solve a chal­lenge from a choice of four dis­ci­plines: ap­plied tech­nol­ogy, lan­guage literature, maths en­gi­neer­ing and so­cial sciences.

Hav­ing be­come one of the fastest grow­ing in­ter-school pro­gram de­signed for Aus- tralia’s youth, the tour­na­ment is now ex­pand­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally.

St Mary’s Pri­mary School has sent two teams to com­pete in Esper­ance, while the four other Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der schools tak­ing part have sent one team each.

Pic­ture: Mary Meagher

St Joseph’s Pri­mary School stu­dents Grace Gent, 9, Mikayla Arnold, 10, Alejandra Sul­li­van, 10, Monique Pre­to­rius, 11, So­phie Cory, 8, and Ad­joa Quinoo, 10, are tak­ing part in Tour­na­ment of Minds.

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