LOAD rated bridges built from spaghetti and online code breaking were just two of the challenges facing students in the inaugural Denison Decathlon, held at Kelso High School on Monday.
Fifty students from Denison College's local primary partner schools joined with Year 7 students from Kelso and Bathurst High campuses for the event, which sees participants work together in mixed teams to undertake a range of problem solving activities in geography, art, poetry, STEM, history, maths, English, spelling and general knowledge.
Adria Hertel, from Kelso High campus, said the idea behind the decathlon is to bring students from different schools to work together in a dynamic environment, to build their collaboration and problem solving skills, through academic challenge.
"They're having a great time," she said.
Ms Hertel said the program also provides an additional transition point for students in Year 6 who will be attending Bathurst High and Kelso High campuses next year, and an important starting point for the iExtend program.
The iExtend program targets academically talented students from both Kelso and Bathurst High schools, providing them with opportunities to extend on their capabilities and further develop their skills through cross campus collaboration.