TOM is a problem solving competition. This year we had four teams: Language Literature, Social Sciences, Maths Engineering and Science Technology. There are seven students per team. The teams are given a problem six weeks before the regional finals. Teams have 10 minutes to present their solution for the problem to a team of judges.
The judges mark the solution based on:
- Answering the question (this is broken down into different components and different points are allocated for each section)
- Presentation skills – a choice of two from a long list including sound-scapes, rhyme, creative movement
- Two forms that are submitted outlining their solution and a costing list.
Teams are only allowed to use hand-made props created from a list of allowable materials and recycled products for their presentation.
Teams are also given a “Spontaneous” problem and have between three and five minutes to solve the problem and usually only one minute to present. For the spontaneous section teams are judged on:
- Solving the problem; and
- Working together as a team (everyone must contribute)
This year the Social Sciences and Language Literature teams went through to State finals. The Language Literature team were awarded honours (runner-up).
The Social Sciences team won and are now funding-raising for the Australian Pacific Finals on the Gold Coast!