Young minds up for tournament’s tricky challenges
More than 45 schools fought for the top spot in a performancedriven tournament in Palmerston North last week.
Tournament of Minds tests pupils’ abilities to create a performance based around subjects such as mathematics, science and English.
The tournament was held at Ross Intermediate on Saturday, with primary, intermediate and secondary school pupils from Whanganui, Havelock North, Waikanae, Feilding and Palmerston North.
Each team had six weeks to prepare a long-term challenge, and were further tested with another challenge on the day.
Ross intermediate pupil Lucea Bedford, 11, said her team’s longterm challenge was based on language and literature.
The team prepared scenes from books, including Hansel and Gretel, and Twelfth Night.
Bedford said it was great to see other schools’ performances after focusing on their own performance for weeks.
Ross Intermediate pupil Aidan Brown, 11, said his group’s performance was based on winning a trip to Mars by playing Lotto.
All teams had to solve a problem.
In the lottery performance the host tried to rig the Lotto so that he could win the trip to Mars.
The category was mathematics and engineering.
Warwick Grady, who helped organise the event, said this was the fourth year Tournament of Minds had been held in Palmerston North.
The inter-school contest had grown in popularity over its 30 years in New Zealand, he said.
It was all about creativity and challenging pupils intellectually.
The tournament is held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, with the nationals in Wel-
‘‘The Tournament of Minds is all about creativity and challenging pupils intellectually’’ Warwick Grady Tournament of Minds organiser
lington on September 23.
The ultimate goal was to get to the finals in Australia, Grady said.
The tournament had 10 categories, including engineering and mathematics, language and literature, and social sciences.
On Saturday, there were six Palmerston North winners from Cornerstone Christian School, Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, Palmerston North Girls’ High School and Whakarongo School.
Aidan Brown, 11, right, prepares to go into space against advice from Hayley Atkin, 11.