The Tannum Sands State Primary School Optiminds team competed at the state finals from October 12 to 14. Front: Mitch Smith and Elizabeth Osborn Back: Optiminds facilitator Nicole Bruce, Harry Shuttleworth, Andrew Carter, Masey Robinson-Stewart, and Hayley Cook.Absent: Caylin Ward.
The Tannum Sands State Primary School Optiminds team competed at the state finals from October 12 to 14. Front: Mitch Smith and Elizabeth Osborn Back: Optiminds facilitator Nicole Bruce, Harry Shuttleworth, Andrew Carter, Masey Robinson-Stewart, and Hayley Cook.Absent: Caylin Ward. Lisa Maynard

Tannum Sands Opti-minds team excels

STUDENTS from Tannum Sands State Primary School have made their school proud, going head-to-head with teams from across the state to receive honours in one of the categories in the Opti-Minds Creative Sustainability Challenge.

Opti-Minds is an inter-school competition, which challenges teams to solve demanding, open-ended questions about language literature, science and engineering or social sciences. The Tannum Sands State Primary School team, comprised of five Year 7s and two Year 5s, obtained first place in the regional Opti-Minds challenge on August 26 in Rockhampton, securing their invite to the state finals.

There was an audition process to get into the school's team. Opti-Minds facilitator and teacher at the school Nicole Bruce said the children had been practising their dramatic techniques and public speaking ability.

"They worked so hard to get to the state final," Ms Bruce said.

The state finals were held in Brisbane from October 12 to 14 and featured representatives in various categories from 14 regions from across the state.

The team, named Jahmen due to the children's initials, were given a topic in their category Science and Engineering about what they wanted to see from the future and how to make it work.

Jahmen decided what they wanted to see in the future was people to stop poaching and killing animals for pleasure, which was something that all the children were passionate about.

"You had the feeling that you might not win but it didn't matter because we were having fun," Harry Shuttleworth said.

"We worked as a team. I was really amazed with what we could come up with," Elizabeth Osborn said.

Hayley Cook added: "We tried our hardest."



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