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Team Represents Toolooa in State Finals

Team Represents Toolooa in State Finals
Some of you will remember reading about the successful results of Toolooa students at the Opti-MINDs regional challenge, with our teams placing first and second in the high school division. As a result of their success at a regional level, Toolooa SHS Team 2 was invited to attend the Opti-MINDs State Finals held in Brisbane over the weekend of the 11 – 12th October 2014.
The team, made up of Henry Kean, Lachlan Christie, Jake Holmes and Nick Versic, was presented with three challenges across the weekend.  The first of these challenges required the team to come up with an idea for the future, to which the boys presented an outstanding ideas stall on Piezoelectricity. The team was commended on their creativity, professionalism and research.  One visitor to the ideas market was a physicist, who was especially impressed with the boys’ knowledge about this revolutionary new energy source. On Sunday, the team was presented two more tasks including a Spontaneous Challenge and a 3 Hour Challenge, where they were required to collaborate to create a new invention and present it to a panel of judges in a creative way. Once again, the team put in an amazing effort and impressed the judges and crowd.
Perhaps most impressive of all was the way that this team represented our school so positively throughout the weekend. Their teamwork, effort, respect and responsible behaviour were signs of what Toolooa SHS students are all about.
Congratulations to all four boys – you should be proud of what you’ve achieved. We are already looking forward to Opti-MINDs 2015!
Miss Jess Batey
TSHS Opti-MINDs Co-ordinator