Mind Blown Tournament 2017

Background

 

In 2015, we looked at the poor matric results of the previous year and the high unemployment rates and asked what we could do to solve this crisis. 

 

We started engaging with learners and educators from schools in eThekwini to find a solution. In the early days of our pilot phase we introduced different mediums: stories, science magazines, work books, table top games and mobile games. Portable table-top games were the most popular choice among learners because of its high engagement factor, and unlike mobile games, learners could play it in the school yard.

 

And so the concept of Mind Blown was born. If young people are excited about playing games then let’s use games to get them excited about learning. After 80 prototypes, extensive research and testing, we discovered that collectible cards featuring mind blowing facts was the ideal catalyst to spark curiosity in learning.

 

In 2016-2017 we rolled out a pilot to 3000 learners from 50 schools. We also introduced Mind Blown to another 2000 + learners from more than 50 schools at Career Days hosted by the Ethekwini Science Department and Career Days and Market Days hosted by the Nelson Mandela Chatsworth Youth Centre. Mind Blown was part of the CASME Science-To-Go / Mahle Behr / ECR rollout at Ogwini High and Menzi in Umlazi.

 

 

Mind Blown Tournaments

 

As part of our Pilot Project methodology we have had regular tournaments in schools, shopping malls and community centres. Tournaments are a great way to observe the interaction of players from different backgrounds, individual strategies and what moves them.

Mind Blown 2016 prizes

 

In December 2016 and 2017 we have held the annual Mind Blown knock out tournament at Sahara Stadium, Durban. The winners and their schools received cash prizes, trophies, medals and vouchers from KZN Science Centre.  eThekwini Science Dept. and the KZN Science Centre set up experimentation stalls.

2016

In 2016, 64 participants represented their schools in two categories – Da Vinci’s Kids for the grades 4 and 5 and Tesla’s Tribe for grades 6 and 7. Tharshay Govender from Manor Gardens Primary won the Da Vinci’s Kids Division and the runner- up was from Fairhaven Primary in Chatsworth. Kia Sewbaran from Junagarth Road Primary in Durban South won the Tesla’s Tribe division and David Dingane from Manor Gardens Primary was the runner-up. A special prize was given to Josh Maskell of Durban Preparatory High School for having an amazing arsenal of curious facts. All participants received certificates and hampers from Neotel and Adams Bookshop. The winners and their schools received cash prizes, trophies and medals. KZN Science Centre sponsored vouchers for on-site science demos for 3 schools.

2017

In 2017 we had 50 finalists from schools and programmes who participated in the pilot. They came prepared with mind-blowing facts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. The referees included a statistician, 2 environmentalists, an astrophysicist, a computer engineer, a doctor, an educator and an animator. Caleb Abel of Eden College was the winner. Eden College, Belvedere Primary and Corovoca Primary also won vouchers to the value of R6000 each from KZN Science Centre. Trophies and prizes were awarded to the winner, runner-up and semi-finalists. All participants received certificates, hampers from Liquid Telecom and tickets to a Dolphins cricket match at a Sahara Stadium. The media was on hand to capture moments from the day.

 

Sponsors

Our sponsors included:

Sahara Stadium

Neotel Telecommunications

Liquid Telecommunications

Adams Bookshop

IT Master

Kagiso Interactive

KZN Science Centre

Motorshow Durban

Magic Pan Caterers

eThekwini Science Department

 

Supporting organisations:

Nelson Mandela Chatsworth Youth Centre

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