PCS da Vinci Decathlon
In trying times, it is vital that people learn to try new things and think outside of the box. This type of thinking is characteristic of the da Vinci Decathlon. Sadly the NSW State competition was cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, our Boost da Vinci students continued to attend Zoom lessons and attempt training challenges. A difficult enough task when engaged in face-to-face lessons, even more so when doing school remotely.
With the cancellation of the State competition, an in-house and modified competition was decided upon as a reward, and challenge, for the hard work that the students had done. We had 20 students from Year 5 to Year 8 who participated and formed three teams. Over the course of the day, the students tackled challenges in Mathematics, English, Creative Producers (script writing and performance), Art and Poetry, Ideation, Cartography, Science, Engineering and Code Breaking. Thrown in also, was a da Vinci ‘Legacy’ challenge focused on significant people from the Renaissance, and a teamwork artistic table covering challenge focusing on how well students could communicate and work together on a common goal with a very short time limit.
In the end, one team was victorious. The DV Doritios and the Lolly Gaggers both put up strong performances throughout the day, with both teams winning at least one of the subject challenges. However, in the end it was the Bulging Brains whose consistent diligence, teamwork and creativity saw them take out the majority of challenges, and as such were the eventual winners.
Congratulations to all students for the effort that you put into the day, and also for the effort that you have put into practising for the da Vinci Decathlon in Boost this year. I am looking forward to 2021 when we can go and compete at the actual event again.
The Bulging Brains' winning team members are:
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