Extra Curricula - Da Vinci Decathalon

The theme for this year’s 2014 NSW da Vinci Decathlon is ‘Mystery and Mayhem.

The da Vinci Decathlon began at Knox Grammar School in Sydney in 2001. An academic inter-school gala day, operated in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon, it offers students a variety of events.

The teams finishing in first place will receive a perpetual trophy. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to all members of the teams that finish first, second and third. All competitors will be awarded certificates of participation.

The day is a terrific enrichment opportunity for top students across a variety of areas. For example, whilst there are sections on Mathematics, English (including Spelling) and Science and Art & Poetry, Creative Producers will draw upon those with strengths in visual art, drama, music and performance.

It complements Tournament of the Minds while adding a team event that is quite self-contained and requires a shorter period of time commitment.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the world’s greatest thinkers and scholars. His career spanned an enormous range of disciplines: art, architecture, cartography, poetry, academics, anatomy, mechanical and military engineering, mathematics and astronomy. He demonstrated a superior ability to perceive the interconnected nature of knowledge and embraced learning with a lifelong passion and determination to uncover what was hitherto unknown by his society. His bold and imaginative intellectual legacy is a permanent challenge for the leaders and thinkers of the twenty-first century.

The ten academic events are:

  • sport and world facts
  • Science – students will be provided with higher level scientific concepts and be challenged to apply them
  • Creative Producers – a sub-group from the team will have ten minutes to
  • Develop and present a 30-second commercial to promote a particular product.
  • English – spelling, word origins, definitions, scrabble, and writing
  • Philosophy – dealing with logic, observations and evidence
  • Mathematics – emphasis on problem solving, number patterns and logic puzzles
  • Engineering Challenge – a building task designed to test creativity and ingenuity
  • Art and Poetry – the team will develop a poem plus a complementary work of art on a given theme
  • Cartography – reading and designing maps
  • Code Breaking – in the spirit of World War II, students will aim to decipher several codes 
  • General Knowledge – current affairs, issues, history, science, entertainment,