Four King’s Pimpama High School teams, made up of seven students per team, took up the Opti-MINDS Challenge for 2020. Two teams walked away winning Division 2 (Prep to Year 9) in the respective categories of Science Engineering and Language Literature for the Gold Coast region.

The Opti-MINDS challenge is an opportunity for those with a passion for learning and problem solving to showcase their skills and talents in an exciting and vibrant way. 

Congratulations go to the Language Literature team comprising Taylyn Birch, Anika Heng, Bella Kearns, Joshua Day, Tobias Morgan, Allegra Morrow and Josiah Drury, and the Science Engineering team of Mikaela Hunter, Ayla Garaty, Charlotte Nebauer, Emanuel Ferisa, Kristian Meuwesen and Harri Kharel who developed creative and original ways to communicate solutions to others while working with predefined parameters. This year they had to submit their presentations online, instead of in person, due to Covid restrictions. 

In the Science Engineering challenge the team had to create a machine that could perform a task and then transform the machine to do a different task, while the Literature challenge had the team choosing a character from a list of books and then inserting the character into another story.  They had to adjust the character and show how the character would feel about being in a new story. The team choose Dora (the Explorer) and inserted into the book 'Hatchet'. 

Involvement in this program gives our students real-world benefits, as the challenge process mirrors the practices of successful businesses. 

The winning King's teams will be judged against other regional winners in the State competition using their initial submissions.  We wish them all the best.

Congratulations to Reedy Creek Primary School team who took honours in the Division 1 (Prep to Year 6) in the Social Science category.