TOM

​Tournament of Minds is an interschool problem-solving event for students between the ages of 6 and 16 years.  The event challenges students with problems that need a ‘real world’ approach.  Students develop valuable skills such as problem-solving strategies, teamwork, time management, budget control, communication techniques and responsibility.

Seven students across at least two year levels form a team.  At Siena our teams are chosen from Years 5 and 6.  There are two divisions – primary (Yrs 1 – 6) and secondary (Yrs 7 - 10).  All teams must complete a long term and a spontaneous problem in the areas of Social Sciences, Language Literature, Maths Engineering or Applied Technology.  The solution must be dramatised and then presented to a panel of judges and an audience (including family and friends) on Tournament Day. 

Only team members can work on the problem solution and presentation.  It is vital that students receive absolutely no outside assistance from teachers, parents, siblings or friends.  Parents and teachers can assist with encouragement and teaching a skill the team requires, but not as part of the problem solution.  The spontaneous problem is a timed event where team members respond as rapidly and creatively as possible to an unseen problem.  Due to the confidential nature of this section, it will be performed before a panel of judges only.