Students take on challenge
■ Seven teams from schools across the Pilbara competed in the inaugural OptiDay earlier this month, an inclusive team challenge which empowers participants to think, create and communicate.
Students from Paraburdoo, Tom Price, North Tom Price Primary Schools and Tom Price Senior High School competed in the regional final of complex challenges adapted from the OptiDay program.
For the past six weeks, students have worked together on a Long Term Challenge solution, which they presented to a panel of three independent judges and a large audience on September 12. Once students had performed their Long Term Challenges, they were required to complete a “Spontaneous” challenge.
There were three challenges, which involved a performance centred around a lost island and an experiment where participants were required to construct a shelter using sustainable resources.
Paraburdoo Primary deputy principal Jason Bushe-Jones said the OptiDay Challenge required the rapid interchange of ideas, ability to think effectively, creatively and welldeveloped group cooperation skills.
“During this challenge, each group was provided with a complex problem to solve with only four minutes to prepare and one minute to present,” he said.
Regional Champions were Paraburdoo Primary School Team 1. Alec Pascoe Spirit of OptiMINDS Award went to Tom Price Primary School Team 1, and the Resilience Award to Tom Price Senior High School
Paraburdoo Primary School Team 1 were Regional Champions at the recent inaugural OptiDay.