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First Place in Opti-MINDS Regional Challenge.

First Place in Opti-MINDS Regional Challenge.
On Sunday the 25th of August, four of Toolooa’s best and brightest Year 8 students attended the Opti-MINDS Regional Challenge in Rockhampton. The team participated in the Science and Engineering challenge against a number of public and private high schools from the Rockhampton region. The Regional Challenge day consisted of a long-term challenge, which the students have had six weeks to prepare for, as well as a spontaneous challenge, which was unseen by the team.
The team, made up of Protim Mir, Jasmine Elliott, Bradley Read and Afia (Fiona) Anzum, saw all their hard-work and dedication come to fruition when they were awarded First Place in the Science and Engineering Division.
The judges were most impressed with the Toolooa Team; in particular, their teamwork, communication, creativity and ingenuity were their standout qualities. The tower that they designed and built, stood tall and sturdy throughout the challenge, and the students presented their ideas with confidence and flair.
The team will now start preparations for the State Finals in Brisbane, which is being held on the 12th and 13th of October this year. If they take out first prize in the State Finals, the team will then be invited to attend the National Finals in New Zealand!
Protim, Bradley, Fiona and Jasmine all represented Toolooa SHS impeccably on Sunday and should be very proud of their achievements.
We wish them the best of luck for the State Finals and wait in anticipation to see what they achieve next.
Miss Jess Batey—Opti-MINDS Facilitator, Toolooa SHS