Port fo­cuses on Opti-MIND round

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS | @SCHOOL -

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!

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