Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a problem-solving program for multi-aged teams of students who work together to solve a demanding, open-ended Long-Term Challenge. The team must also participate in an unseen Spontaneous Challenge on Tournament Day. The program has Primary and Secondary divisions. Craigburn Primary has taken part in Tournament of Minds for the last 15 years and Hazel Robertson has facilitated the teams for the last nine years.

Tournament of Minds 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.

The objectives are:

  • To promote the stimulation of real, open- ended challenges;
  • To develop creative problem-solving approaches and techniques;
  • To foster cooperative learning and teamwork;
  • To promote knowledge and appreciation of self and others;
  • To encourage experimentation and risk- taking;
  • To expand and reward creative and divergent thinking;
  • To stimulate a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning;
  • To develop enterprise; and
  • To celebrate excellence.

The Long Term Challenge

The Long Term Challenges will be made available through your facilitator. The team is made up of seven team members from multiple year levels. They will decide which of the four challenges offered they will attempt to solve. There are four Long Term Challenge disciplines: Science /Technology, Engineering/ Maths, Social Sciences and Language Literature. The team has six weeks to formulate a solution to their one chosen challenge and ten minutes to present their solution to an audience and panel of judges on Tournament Day. There are many rules and requirements that teams must follow.

The Spontaneous Challenge

On Tournament Day the team will also be required to complete an unseen, secret Spontaneous Challenge. There is no audience, but there is a panel of judges who score the team on its teamwork, creativity of responses and thinking skills. The team is trusted to keep the Spontaneous Challenge a secret until the final day of the Regional Tournaments.

Tournament of Minds 2017 teams