Global phenomenon headed for SA schools
South African schools will be participating in the massively popular Tournament of Minds contest this year, after private education group ADvTECH was offered the opportunity to host the TOM challenges in South Africa for the second year in a row.
Tournament of Minds (TOM) is an international problem-solving competition designed to give students the opportunity to participate as teams of seven and provide innovative and various solutions for stimulating open-ended challenges.
Launched in Australia in 1987, the tournament has since become an international programme, with competitions conducted in 16 different regions, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand, Uganda and the UAE.
This year, the TOM competition has been restructured to reflect the current worldwide educational trend focused on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) with the four Long Tterm Challenges now, including the categories of Social Sciences, Language Literature, STEM and The Arts.
Traci Salter, academic strategic development advisor at ADvTECH and Tournament of Minds regional director for South Africa, says that the tournament entails each team selecting one Long Term Challenge to solve, and as a team working collaboratively over a period of six weeks – without any outside or adult assistance – preparing their creative and unique solution to the problem posed. This solution is then presented to a panel of judges and an audience on Tournament Day.
“On Tournament Day, teams are also presented with a Spontaneous Challenge. Spontaneous Challenges are previously unseen ‘on-the- spot’ challenges. The judges only provide a limited time for teams to discuss and plan their response,” she says.
The winners of each section of the South African TOM tournament are awarded the South African floating trophy, and are then entitled to travel to Australia/Asia Pacific to participate in the International TOM finals. This is where all the winners from the different regions across the world compete for the international TOM title.
Salter says it is crucial for all schools serious about academic excellence to start enriching and evolving their approaches to teaching and learning within the 21st Century and to ensure they continually develop the skills students will require in workplaces of the future, as identified by the World Economic Forum.
The tournament was initially introduced to the ADvTECH schools in 2017, and this year TOM is open to any schools that would like to participate in the South African competition to be held on Saturday, 27 October at Southdowns College, Centurion, Gauteng.
There are limited spaces for teams interested in participating in the 2018 competition. Schools that may be interested are encouraged to contact Traci (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further details and information regarding the TOM South Africa 2018/2019 tournaments.
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