2021 Hunter Region da Vinci Decathlon Competition

Mon 29 Mar 12:00am - Wed 31 Mar 12:00am

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of students, who compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines.

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 a stimulating and challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon.

Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College is pleased to collaborate once again with Knox Grammar School by acting as a host or “Chapter” school to offer this exciting “Decathlon with a Difference” to schools in the wider Hunter Region and Regional NSW.

Each team of eight students competes in the following disciplines:

Mathematics – problem solving, number patterns and logic puzzles
English – spelling, word origins, definitions, textual analysis and writing tasks
Science – engage with higher level scientific concepts and test your ability to apply them
Code Breaking – decipher complex, mysterious codes
Engineering Challenge – a design task that tests problem solving skills, creativity and ingenuity
Ideation – The process of creating NEW ideas
Creative Producers – create and perform a 60sec drama or 30sec commercial to promote a product
Art and Poetry – develop an original poem and a connected art work on a given theme
Cartography – interpret spatial information, decipher and create imaginative maps
Legacy – *NEW CATEGORY* replaces the task previously known as 'General Knowledge' with a focus on honouring significant people, inventions and events from the past and the present.

The Hunter Region da Vinci Decathlon is open to teams of eight students in Years 5 through 10.  Schools should aim to select students who are able to complement each other in the various disciplines.  One staff member is required to accompany the team and will be expected to assist with marking on the day.

Dates: 

Monday 29 March 2021 - Year 7 and 8

Tuesday 30 March 2021 - Year 9 and 10

Wednesday 31 March 2021 - Year 5 and 6

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

Time: 8:45am arrival for an 9:00am start.  The day will conclude at approx. 4:00pm