Teacher In Charge - Mrs Sam Meager
Facilitator - Miss Lacey Prpic
Captains - Alyssia Merrick and Olivia Germann-De Wet
What is Optiminds?
The Opti-MINDS Challenge is an opportunity for all those with a passion for learning & problem solving to showcase their skills & talents in an exciting, vibrant & public way.
Opti-MINDS provides for the demand for sophisticated, educational & motivational opportunities. The rapidly increasing & widespread involvement of thousands of participants throughout Queensland & internationally, demonstrates that Opti-MINDS is not only a valuable & worthwhile investment in the education of our citizens, but is also an integral part of our collective future.
Teams are required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for up to six weeks without assistance from anyone outside the team. Participants are encouraged to explore possibilities & experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution. They develop creative & original ways to communicate this solution to others, working within predefined parameters such as limited materials, complex Challenge criteria & the deadlines of The Challenge Day.
Students present the product of their ideas - their Challenge solution - to a panel of judges & an audience on Challenge Day. They have 10 minutes in which to present & must do so in a 3 x 3 metre (Approx.) performance area.
The teams must also participate in an unseen Spontaneous Challenge on Opti-MINDS Day. This Challenge requires rapid interchange of ideas, the ability to think effectively, creatively, & well-developed group cooperation skills.
Judges for both the Long Term & the Spontaneous Challenges are professionals chosen from all areas of education, the arts & industry. They are thoroughly trained to enable them to assess the creative performance & technical aspects of the presentation.
Registration for Optiminds is $20 per student, which covers the registration for the Rockhampton Challenge. Students will be required to provide props and set which are of minimal cost to the students.
Please note: If students qualify for the Brisbane competition and decide to participate additional costs; flights, accommodation etc will be incurred.
Training afternoons to improve teamwork, creative thinking and communication will begin week 9 of Term 1 will begin week 9 of Term 1 alternating afternoons., starting with Ms Prpic from 3:30 – 4:30pm in H4, and then the following week with Mrs Meager from 3:35 – 4:35pm in W6. Prior to the commencement of training students must complete the registration form.
There are no uniforms issued. Costumes are made by students from recycled materials for the performance day.