NOTICEBOARD: Buderim students prepare for a state battle of the minds

12 September 2018

A team of seven Buderim Mountain State School students are preparing for the state Opti-MINDS final after winning the regional Language and Literature division.

The annual competition has three divisions including Science Engineering, Social Sciences, and Language and Literature. Participants are asked to think, create and communicate; developing their problem-solving techniques and time management skills for real-world scenarios.

Buderim Mountain State School principal Neil Jenkins said, “having a team win the Regional final and represent the Sunshine Coast at a State level is a terrific achievement.

“We were very pleased to see all of our teams achieve at a high standard. It is an excellent competition for many of our students who enjoy this level of higher order thinking, combined with their literacy skills.”

Two other Buderim Mountain State School teams received accolades including an Honors and the Spirit of Opti-MINDS award. All of the school’s teams were comprised of students in years 4 to 6.

All teams participating in the competition were required to work on a long-term project for up to six weeks prior to the event, and conduct a ten-minute presentation of their ideas to a panel of judges and an audience. The teams also participate in an unknown challenge on the day of the competition, requiring them to think effectively, creatively and cooperate well as a team.

The Opti-MINDS state finals will be held at the University of Queensland on Saturday 13 October. The winners will go on to compete at the international finals.

Written by

Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City

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