Da Vinci Decathlon

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

What is the da Vinci Decathlon?

The da Vinci Decathlon began in 2005 as an exciting offshoot of the very successful da Vinci Program for gifted and talented students at Knox Grammar School. The Decathlon is designed to celebrate the academic gifts of Australian youth by providing an academic interschool gala day run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon and designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across the following 10 disciplines:

  • Mathematics – emphasis on problem solving, number patterns and logic puzzles
  • English – spelling, word origins, definitions, textual analysis and writing tasks
  • Science – students engage with higher level scientific concepts to test their ability to apply them
  • Code Breaking – students will decipher complex and mysterious codes
  • Engineering Challenge – a design task that tests problem solving skills, creativity and ingenuity
  • Ideation – unleashing your skills of creativity, critical problem solving, collaboration and communication to solve real-world problems
  • Creative Producers – emphasis on creating under pressure a 60-second dramatic performance
  • Art and Poetry – the team will develop a poem interconnected with a work of art based on the chosen theme
  • Cartography – students will decipher maps and apply the principles of map-making to represent spatial information in an imaginative way
  • General Knowledge – current affairs, entertainment, the Renaissance, sport and trivia

Event Details

Tuesday 10th April, 2018 - Years 9 and 10
Wednesday 11th April, 2018 - Years 7 and 8
Thursday 12th April, 2018 - Years 5 and 6

Venue: Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, 256 Minmi Road, Fletcher, NSW, Francis Batty Hall

Time: 8:00am – 3:30pm

Registration Fee: $200 per team


  • A Perpetual Trophy will be awarded to the school who places first in each year group division.
  • Medallions will be awarded for 1st place in each year group division.
  • Certificates awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of the 10 Disciplines.
  • All participants will receive a Participation Certificate.

For all enquiries please contact Kim Hugo on 02 4979 8412 or events@btac.nsw.edu.au

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