Mt Maria Opti-MINDS Team Place Top 3 Nationally

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Congratulations to our team of Mt Maria students who competed in the Open Division of the Science and Engineering Opti-MINDS Challenge State and Australian Finals at the University of Queensland this past weekend, Sunday October 14th. The team performed incredibly well, placing within the Top 3 nationally, no small feat in a Challenge of this size. Opti-MINDS is a creative sustainability challenge which asks students to think creatively and communicate possible solutions for set problems. 

Mt Maria Cultural Program Leader, Kath Bryant said that it was an honour to see the team present a design of such an outstanding level.  “The team worked extremely hard to produce their design, their solution is of an extremely high calibre,” Mrs Bryant said. “The preliminary judges commented that a professional design team could not produce the same results that our team did.”

Open Division team member and Mt Maria student, James Orman said that the team spent many afternoons and weekends developing their solution. “We created a 3D model and then manufactured the components on the laser cutter," Mr Orman said.  We also came up with a fictional backstory explaining the problem and our solution, as well as how we developed it."

Mt Maria wishes to thank Alinta Energy for their generous sponsorship of the Science and Engineering Opti-MINDS team.