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.
Tournament Results 2020
Thank you to the schools that entered a team or teams in this year’s Tournament of Minds Program. There were over 150 teams throughout Victoria participating in the special Super Challenge. A different type of challenge for the special circumstances we find ourselves. This year teams not only had to solve “Quo Vadis”, the Super Challenge, but also had to contend with the difficulties of the lockdown restrictions – and every team, and their teachers and supporters too, should be so proud of their fine efforts in solving and overcoming both those complex challenges.
The judges were often astounded at the amazingly creative presentations the teams submitted, and highly impressed by the use of ICT. All teams managed to put together a video presentation where the seven team members were mostly working in isolation. Incredible work!
Please link here for the list of teams to receive Distinction and Honours awards in 2020.
Note that there will be no Victorian State Final or International Final in 2020.
Proposed Tournament Dates 2021
Proposed dates for Regional Finals are the weekends of 21/22 August and/or 14/15 August 2021. Specific date s for each region will be confirmed by our University hosts towards the end of the year.
The Victorian State Final is proposed for Sunday 12th September.
Teams select one Long Term Challenge and 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.
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]