OUR AIM

Opti-MINDS is a team based creative problem solving programme for teams of 4 to 7 participants from year 1 to adult within 4 age divisions.

  • Teams are required to solve demanding, open-ended Challenges from one of the following disciplines:
    • Language Literature
    • Science Engineering
    • Social Sciences

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

  • Teams may be made up of students in the same year group or a combination of year groups. This allows the programme to be run as a class or year group extension or enrichment opportunity if required.  Opti-MINDS is a flexible extension programme that can be implemented in your school in a number of ways. You can register to compete at the Regional Final in your area or you may decide to run Opti-MINDS in your school as a stand alone gifted and talented or enrichment opportunity.

Teams are required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for up to six weeks without assistance from anyone outside the team. Participants are encouraged to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution.
They develop creative & original ways to communicate this solution to others, working within predefined parameters such as limited materials, complex Challenge criteria & the deadlines of The Challenge Day.

WHO CAN BE INVOLVED?…

Anyone, anywhere interested in creativity, collaboration, innovation & FUN!

You can enter as MANY teams as you like!!!

The Teams’ Division will be determined by the age of the OLDEST team member.

Regional Final

Opti-MINDS Long Term Challenges are released at the beginning of term 3 with teams of 4 to 7 students working for 6 weeks on their solution without any assistance from anyone outside the team. Teams receive a Participants’ Manual with all the rules and requirements of participation. Teams are required to solve demanding, open-ended Challenges from one of the following disciplines:

  • Language Literature
  • Science Engineering
  • Social Sciences



On Regional Final Day the teams present their solution in the form of a dramatic presentation to a panel of judges and an audience. The teams must also participate in an unseen Spontaneous Challenge on Regional Final Day. This Challenge requires a rapid interchange of ideas and the ability to think creatively using well-developed group cooperation skills. This Challenge is presented to the Judges only. Regional Finals are held in Perth and across Western Australia.

State Final

The three top scoring teams in each discipline and division will be invited to participate in the State Final at Curtin University. Teams work on an unseen challenge for 3 hours to achieve their most creative solution. During this period the Spontaneous Judges will visit to give the team the Spontaneous Challenge. Teams will present their Long term solutions to the Judges and an audience after lunch on State Final Day. The highest scoring team in each discipline and division will be announced as the State Team Representative at the Awards Ceremony in the early evening on State Final Day.

DIVISIONS

  • The Division your Team enters will be determined by the age of your OLDEST member.

  • Division I:

    • Open to all students in years 1 – 6
    • Teams must have 4 to 7 members of any combination of year levels from years 1-6
  • Division II:

    • Open to all students in years 1– 9.
    • Teams must have 4 to 7 members of any combination of year levels from years 1-9.
  • Division III:

    • Open to all students in years 1 - 12
    • Each team must have 4 to 7 members.
    • Teams must have 4 to 7 members of any combination of year levels from years 1-12.
  • Division III: Open Division

    • Open to any age
    • Each team must have 4 to 7 students
  • The Opti-MINDS Challenge is an opportunity for all those with a passion for learning and problem solving to showcase their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way.

Team Composition

    • Teams must have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 7 students with no reserves.
    • Students may be in the same year group or from mixed year groups.
    • They must work on the Long Term Challenges with no help from anyone outside the team
    • There can be no substitutions or reserves once the team has started to work on the Challenge.

ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE…

  • Opti-MINDS is a celebration of the talents and abilities within our society! Thousands of people flock annually to participate in, to watch and to enjoy the exhilarating spectacle of presentations and ingenious solutions created by motivated participants who have accepted The Opti-MINDS Challenge. Take up the challenge of Opti-MINDS and help build a brighter future for us all!

Real World Benefits

    • Opti-MINDS looks beyond conventional achievement and understands that the pursuit of excellence knows no boundaries.
    • Opti-MINDS offers participants a total experience, providing challenge and growth through its Long Term and Spontaneous problem solving structure.
    • The Challenge process provides a platform for excellence and equips participants with strategies and skills which will support future success.