The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge. 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.
Chapter schools have been formed in Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. These schools run individual regional and state competitions in order to choose representatives for the National da Vinci Decathlon Final held each year at Knox Grammar School in Sydney over several days of competition and cultural events.
For more information visit the official website here.
Regional and state competitions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The National competition is comprised of the top teams from these first two rounds.
Costs vary depending on the host venue, but range from roughly $93 to $236 USD per team with some venues offering discounts if a school is brining more than one team
The competition tests knowledge and problem solving skills that students are likely to have enountered in class
Teams or students selected to compete at the national level will participate in a four-day event