A GROUP of Illaroo Road Public School students recently put their minds to a problem and came home with a state trophy.
Students Leon Vukelic, Matthew Nash, Corey McConville, Darcy Hopkins, Corey Simpson, Maggie Page and Jacob Malby won the NSW state final in the applied technology category of the Tournament of the Minds.
Their challenge was to use technology to find a way to get people to start socialising with each other.
The event was held at the University of NSW where school teams from around the state were putting their minds to the test.
Illaroo’s success means they have the opportunity to compete in the Australian Pacific Finals early next term.
“Our challenge was to get people to start seeing people in person,” Leon said.
Jacob said thanks to social media meeting people today was different than it was in the past.
“Facebook is connecting us but disconnecting us at the same time,” he said.
The team had three hours to come up with what was to be their winning design.
“It was a bit like one of those cooking shows when the contestants are given a box of ingredients,” Matthew said.
“We were given a box of stationery to work with.”
Leon said teamwork was the key.
“We had some ups and downs but in general we worked well as a team,” he said.
Illaroo’s maths engineering team came second.