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Tournament of Minds


Adelaide High School has been involved in Tournament of Minds since it first started in South Australia. It is a program that enables students to display their many talents.

The aim of Tournament of Minds (TOM) is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment.  It looks behind academic achievement and understands that the pursuit of excellence knows no boundaries.  .

Tournament of Minds is a team of 7 students working together in a team to solve a challenge.   The Long Term Challenge is in one of the following disciplines – Science Technology, Language Literature, Social Sciences and Engineering Maths.  This challenge involves six weeks preparation time, ten minute presentation time in front of an audience and a panel of judges.  The students must solve the problem, write a script, and make their props and their own costumes on a limited budget.

The Spontaneous problem is an unseen challenge, solved in a very short time and presented to a panel of judges. 

Tournament Day is held at Flinders University in September.

The winners of the State finals in each discipline represent their state at the Australasian Pacific Finals.