Spirit of Tournament award for team GV at TOM finale in Australia
Wow what a day at Tournament of the Minds! Today was a three hour challenge involving designing a pulley system to transport a team across a ravine plus a spontaneous challenge to create a human sculpture to embody the spirit of TOM. Team GV were last to present and got so much support from the other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) participants. Our team used humour, physics and creativity to produce a really entertaining presentation. Afterwards we were overcome by how many other teams came up and said how much they enjoyed the St Andrews GV performance.
And guess what? (drum roll…….) We were awarded the SPIRIT OF TOURNAMENT award at the closing ceremony. The Spirit of Tournament is awarded to the team who:
· demonstrate tolerance, co-operation and fair play
· abide by the rules of the program and are self-disciplined in their problem-solving
· respect the views and opinions of all team members
· respond positively to overcome obstacles encountered during the challenge timeline.
We received a standing ovation and were blown away by how many people came up to say how much our team deserved it. After the ceremony, as we made the short walk back to our hotel we felt famous - we kept receiving shouts of “Congratulations Thailand you were awesome!” We have been so welcomed here in the Northern Territory and it has been a valuable experience bringing our own unique spirit of Thailand to TOM and receiving Aussie hospitality in return. A super achievement from St Andrews GV TOMsters, congratulations on being such great ambassadors for your school and country!