Tournament of the Minds
Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a problem solving programme for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. Tournament of Minds provides the opportunity for Box Hill North Primary School students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.
Teams solve challenges from a choice of disciplines:
- Applied Technology
- Language Literature
- Maths Engineering
- Social Sciences
Tournament’s aim is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment.
Teams are required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for six weeks without assistance from teachers, parents or peers. They are encouraged to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution. They develop a creative and original way to communicate this solution to others, working within predefined parameters such as limited materials, complex challenge criteria and the deadline of Tournament Day.
The teams must also participate in an unseen Spontaneous Challenge on Tournament Day. This challenge requires rapid interchange of ideas, the ability to think creatively and well developed group cooperation skills.