Tournament a challenge for students
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.
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.