Students (from left) Katie Brown, Jessica D’Silva, Jack Piddington, Steven Love and Ashly Damien won their Opti-MINDS challenge.
Students (from left) Katie Brown, Jessica D’Silva, Jack Piddington, Steven Love and Ashly Damien won their Opti-MINDS challenge.

Students move tins for a win

A TEAM of five Year 8 students from Xavier Catholic College has won the first round of its category in the state's premier problem-solving event, the 2010 Opti-MINDS Challenge.

And it all came down to three tuna tins.

Helen Shepherd, Director of Gifted and Talented Education at the college, led the students in the Science and Engineering Challenge category.

“The students created a mechanism designed to move three tins of tuna from point A, past point B and on to point C on a base board,” she said.

“They mainly used recycled materials and presented their design and mechanism to a panel of judges at Norville State School in Bundaberg last week. They won the challenge.”

The Opti-MINDS Challenge is a problem-solving event for people between the ages of six and adult. Last year more than 8000 across the state took part.

The Xavier team included Katie Brown, Jessica D'Silva, Jack Piddington, Steven Love and Ashly Damien.

The students will now represent the Wide Bay region in the state final in Brisbane in October.



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