Port focuses on Opti-MIND round
IT is Port Douglas State School’s eighth year of participating in the Optiminds Challenge. The OptiMINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge is an inclusive team challenge which empowers participants to think, create and communicate.
Opti-MINDS is a creative problem solving event for teams of participants from Preschool to Adult within 4 divisions. Students are required to solve demanding, open-ended Challenges in both a long term and spontaneous situation. The Cairns Regional Finals will be held at JCU on August 20.
This year the PDSS team has chosen Social Sciences as their category for their long term challenge. The challenge requires them to investigate a whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable to solve a conflict between the Vegetables and the Fruits and answer why the Tomatoes are unsure of where they belong. This required the team to research the scientific classifications of fruits and vegetables and create a script which detailed the conflict and how it would be solved.
The characters they created are a family of news reporters, Tomato Cruz, Malcolm Turnip and Julia Raspberry who tell of the conflict as the tomatoes tried to invade ‘Fruit Topia’ as they were unsure of where they belonged, having grown from the ovary of a flower and having seeds but also having a savoury taste.
The conflict is solved by a judge who listened to both sides of the argument and decided all should be equal in the land of food and no categories should place boundaries on the foods.
Good luck Team PDSS!