Bright sparks see a future for the Reef
PORT Douglas State School is home to some young bright sparks, with a team of seven students winning in their division at the 2016 Opti-MINDS Challenge.
The team of seven competed in Division 1 in the social sciences category, with a creative envisaging of the future of the Great Barrier Reef.
Putting their heads together and sacrificing weeks of lunchtime activities, the team thought through a scenario involving how the Great Barrier Reef could survive 50 years in the future after humans had destroyed their own atmosphere.
According to the students scenario, the reef could live after humans were extinct by creating its own ozone layer using oxygen atoms from seawater.
The creative project was only one part of the challenge though – competing in OptiMINDS requires participants to work on a long-term project (their coral scenario) and a short-term project on the day of the competition.
The kids said they all joined the team for the thrill of the challenge, which they all rose to as they were marked as ‘outstanding’ in all categories.
The students will be travelling to Brisbane in mid-October to compete in the national titles.
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