On Sunday 1st March, ISB welcomed over 300 students from around Bangkok to the Tournament of Minds (TOM). TOM is a creative, problem-solving program for multi-age teams of students from both elementary and secondary years. Students have spent six weeks working to solve a demanding, open-ended challenge from one of several disciplines – Language Literature, Math Engineering, or Social Sciences. On Tournament Day, the teams present their challenge solution within a ten minute dramatic performance in front of an audience and a panel of judges. They are also required to participate in a previously unseen, on-the-spot Spontaneous Challenge. Teams are required to think quickly and creatively as they have only a short time in which to give their response.
This year, ISB was represented by five teams – three in the elementary division and two in the secondary division. The elementary Social Science team of Nina, Angus, Poomin, Nina, Palm, Manjot and Nadia had to show how two different groups in the future might interpret a current event. Charlotte, Emma, Grand, Motto, Manhey and Vera made up the primary Math Engineering team, and were tasked with constructing an ingenious escape device that could be used in seven different ways. Our primary Language Literature team took out second place in their division with a story showing how a hero’s fatal flaw brought about their downfall. Congratulations to Caelyn, Daniella, Milan, Ken, Posh, and Nikhil.
In the secondary division, ISB was represented by Gabrielle, Laxmi, Uno, Jedi and Jimgmin in the Math Engineering discipline, who did well competing against teams with many older students. And our Language Literature team repeated their feat from last year, winning their division with returning team members Sophie and Mackenzie, and newcomers Prang, Gillian, Jacob, Aman and Gabe.
It is fantastic to see so many students benefiting from the continued growth of TOM in Thailand. The aim of TOM is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management and the discipline to work collaboratively within a competitive environment. More specifically, Tournament of Minds’ objectives are:
- to provide the stimulation of real, open-ended challenges
- to develop creative problem-solving approaches and techniques
- to foster cooperative learning and team work
- to promote knowledge and appreciation of self and others
- to encourage experimentation and risk-taking
- to expand and reward creative and divergent thinking
- to stimulate a spirit of inquiry and love of learning
- to develop enterprise, and
- to celebrate excellence.
Additionally, the event was supported by a student photography team of Janita, Walter, Taylor, Jasmine, Christine and Dreamy, who worked tirelessly throughout the day to capture all the action and prepare a slideshow for the closing ceremony. Thank you also to Mrs Ruti, Mr Dobrowski and Mr Zambrano for facilitating our TOM teams, and to all the judges and other volunteers who gave up their time on Sunday to make this event possible.
Congratulations to all participants for their efforts and achievements.