Welcome to Tournament of Minds - Victoria

An Australian educational program challenging the world to develop problem solving skills

Registrations are now open for 2020

Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are actively monitoring the current COVID-19 situation in as far it will affect our tournament.

For the latest news, please refer to the full statement on the TOM home page.

Thank you for your patience while we’ve been thinking hard about how to provide the program in 2020 with the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations that are in place. We want the Spirit of TOM to live on in 2020, but it should be no surprise that we have made some changes to how TOM will be run for 2020. These changes are only for this year – TOM will be back to normal for 2021.

Changes to the 2020 TOM Program

  • We will have one round of the competition. There will be no Branch or International Final. The 2021 International Final will be held in Perth.
  • The competition will be completely online.
  • We will have one challenge only. It will be one Super Challenge for everyone which will include all of our regular disciplines: The Arts; Language Literature; Social Sciences; and STEM.
  • There will be no Spontaneous Challenge in 2020, but it will be back in 2021.
  • Registration and team fees will be reduced to $30 to register your school and $20 for each team.
  • Teams will submit their Challenge solution in a video presentation. Total presentation time is five minutes.
  • There will NOT be a 3m x 3m square required for presentations in 2020.
  • The number of students per team will continue to be seven, however we will have primary and secondary divisions with no year level restrictions within teams. For example, you can have all team members from the same year level and secondary schools will not be required to include Year 7 students.
  • Tournament judging weekend will be 12th & 13th September 2020. Facilitators will need to be available on their mobile phone over this weekend to speak to judges if there have been IT issues with submitting videos to be judged.
  • There will be Facilitator materials available on the TOM web portal soon, once you have paid the registration fees for the year, to help give some pointers and upskill new facilitators. We are also hoping to run some online workshops to further assist facilitators.

Tournament Dates 2020

  • Wednesday 29th July - Super Challenge released
  • Wednesday 29th July - Team nominations open
  • Wednesday 12th August - Team nominations close
  • Wednesday 9th September - Video submissions must be completed
  • Weekend 12th/13th September - Judging of Presentations

There will be no Victorian State Final or International Final in 2020.

Challenge Disciplines

In 2020 we have a modified program. But the usual four long-term Challenge disciplines will be back in 2021 and are outlined below. Teams select one Long Term Challengeand they then work collaboratively, without outside assistance, to prepare their solution. This solution is performed to a panel of judges and an audience, at Regional Tournament Day.

Language Literature - this Challenge asks students to investigate and apply common literary devices and language techniques. This may involve existing or original texts, where texts may be written, spoken or multimodal, and in print or digital forms.

Social Sciences - this Challengeasks students to explore social issues and aspect of human society. This may include posing moral and ethical questions in a variety of contexts.

STEM - the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) principles provides an integrated approach for students to deepen their conceptual understanding, and use their creative and critical thinking skills to solve the challenges within an authentic context. There may be additional materials required to create a physical model to help demonstrate the Challenge solution.

The Arts - this Challenge asks students to research aspects of visual and performing arts and will require students to apply performing arts skills in their solutions. This may involve existing or original works of art, theatre, dance, music and song.

More Information

The Victorian Office is always there to assist and support you to implement the TOM program at your school. We endeavour to respond to you within 24 hours. The best method of contact is by email, as our office is not always attended during business hours. Our contact details are:

Email: [email protected]

Facebook Group: TOM Facilitators 2020 (for registered school facilitators only)

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