Meet nation's best minds
MONTHS of lunch time practice sessions and weekend workshops have paid off for the Tournament of Minds team from St Carthage's Primary School in Lismore.
The team took out first place in the social sciences challenge in the Australasian finals of the event in Perth at the weekend.
Participants were Ruby Allen, Angus Beveridge, Rose Noble-Dickinson, Anjelica Garnsey, Isabella Reidy, Joseph Bush and Mikaela Auld, with facilitators Lynne Bermingham and Jason Dimmick.
Hundreds of children were involved in the finals, representing primary and secondary schools from each state as well as Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand.
Tournament of Minds is a competition where students are challenged to solve problems in various disciplines such as maths and engineering, language/literature and technology.
Ms Bermingham said the school's win was a "fitting result" because they had worked hard.
"The students were wonderful representatives of their families and their school," she said.
"They are given a difficult challenge and have three hours to creatively solve the problem and perform it.
"There is also a spontaneous challenge on the day.
"The students did well in both categories and that's why they won."
Students from Modanville Primary School received tournament honours in the Applied Technology section.
The tournament's aim is to enhance the potential of young people by developing diverse skills, enterprise and time management.
Students have three hours to solve a challenge and perform.
On tournament day, there is also a spontaneous challenge.