Mar 10, 2019

OptiMinds Science Competition

  • Crimson Education
  • Australia
Competition Workshop Skill Building


Opti-MINDS’ Mission Statement:

The Opti-MINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge is an inclusive team challenge which EMPOWERS participants to THINK, CREATE & COMMUNICATE. Opti-MINDS is a creative problem solving event for teams of participants from Preschool to Adult within 4 divisions. It is run by Opti-MINDS Incorporated on a non-profit basis. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended Challenges from one of the following categories:

| Language Literature | Science Engineering | Social Sciences |

The Opti-MINDS Challenge is an opportunity for all those with a passion for learning & problem solving to showcase their skills & talents in an exciting, vibrant & public way.

Opti-MINDS provides for the demand for sophisticated, educational & motivational opportunities. The rapidly increasing & widespread involvement of thousands of participants throughout Queensland & internationally, demonstrates that Opti-MINDS is not only a valuable & worthwhile investment in the education of our citizens, but is also an integral part of our collective future. The Opti-MINDS process mirrors what successful businesses practise.

Teams are required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for up to six weeks without assistance from anyone outside the team. Participants are encouraged to explore possibilities & experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution.
They develop creative & original ways to communicate this solution to others, working within predefined parameters such as limited materials, complex Challenge criteria & the deadlines of The Challenge Day.
Students present the product of their ideas – their Challenge solution – to a panel of judges & an audience on Challenge Day. They have 10 minutes in which to present & must do so in a 3 x 3 metre (Approx.) performance area.
The teams must also participate in an unseen Spontaneous Challenge on Opti-MINDS Day. This Challenge requires rapid interchange of ideas, the ability to think effectively, creatively, & well-developed group cooperation skills.
Judges for both the Long Term & the Spontaneous Challenges are professionals chosen from all areas of education, the arts & industry. They are thoroughly trained to enable them to assess the creative performance & technical aspects of the presentation.

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




Anyone can join, although competitions vary in difficulty.

Participation Cost


$50 pax (entrance fee)

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Anyone can enter. Challenges can stretch students so need to be interested in teamwork, collaboration and have motivation in this field.

Time Commitment


Varying time commitment, including one-off workshops, 6-week competitions with state and national finals running on a one-off event basis.

Application Deadline

June 5th, 2020

Application Process Includes

Apply with school team