Students participate in da Vinci Decathlon
author: Julia Petrov
da Vinci Decathlon
The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. On Monday 24 of our brightest Year 7 students competed in teams of eight across the following 10 disciplines:
Mathematics – emphasis on problem solving, number patterns and logic puzzles
English – word origins, definitions, spelling, grammar, and writing
Science – students will be provided with higher level scientific concepts and be challenged to apply them
Code Breaking – in the spirit of World War II, students will aim to decipher several codes
Engineering Challenge – a building task designed to test creativity and ingenuity
Ideation – given a real world problem, generate a creative solution including ethical justification
Creative Producers – a sub-group from the team will have ten minutes to develop and present a 30-second performance on a given topic.
Art and Poetry – the team will develop a poem plus a complementary work of art on a given theme
Cartography – map making and reading
General Knowledge – current affairs, issues, history, science, entertainment, sport and world facts.
Hosted by Loreto, the boys relished the opportunity to compete in the range of disciplines against talented students from across the region. Thanks to Robyn Cocomazzo and Jacinta Reidy for leading the teams. The boys were thrilled to win gold for maths.