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Opti-Minds 2014

Opti-Minds 2014
As many of you know, Toolooa SHS has been participating in the annual Opti-MINDS challenge for a few years now. Our school has been particularly successful in this challenge, taking out first place in the high school division of the regional challenge for the past two years.
In 2014, we have had more interest than ever, which means that we will be able to send more teams through to the regional challenge in Rockhampton. These teams will challenge themselves against other schools from the region in their chosen area of Science & Engineering, Social Science or Language & Literature, as well as a Spontaneous Challenge on the day.
The challenges vary each and every year, but generally involve the creation of some kind of new product, along with a presentation of ideas and performance. Students are challenged in their critical thinking skills, ability to work in group situations, public speaking and creativity.
Opti-MINDS is open to all students from year 7 through to 12. It requires commitment of a couple of hours per week for six weeks, as well as a full day (Sunday) in Rockhampton for the Regional Challenge. If students secure first place in their division, they are also invited to participate in the State Finals in Brisbane, which takes place on a weekend later in the year.
If your child would like to participate in Opti-MINDS this year, please send them to see Miss Batey in the maths staffroom to register their interest.
Jess Batey
Toolooa SHS Opti-MINDS Co-ordinator