A Word from the Founder...
The count down for the 2017 Kick-Off of Project Decathlon has begun. Confirmation for two new sites and one pending site is underway. Stay tune for more exciting news. For the past nine months rigorous efforts to secure solid and authentic support for Project Decathlon remains the #1 priority. The competitions this year includes: STEM, Financial Literacy, Africa & African Americans, Global Education, Business & Entrepreneurship, Music, Creative Twist, Agricultural Innovation & Revolution, Health & Nutrition and Physical Education.
In July Elizabeth Morrison will present on Project Decathlon in Shanghai, China for The World Leading Schools Association Annual Conference. The theme for the conference is International Education: Exploring & Expanding its Relevance. Click on the link below: http://www.wlsafoundation.org/index.php/events/the-wlsa-conference
Elizabeth M. Morrison, Founder
Photo taken at Cape Coast Castle Ghana W. Africa
America, Africa and counting ....
Where is Project Decathlon?
Project: noun 1. a large or major undertaking
Decathlon: noun 1. a ten event athletic contest
What happened in 2016?
A one-of-a-kind inspiring, energizing and adrenaline-packed ten-event competition designed to push physical limits while mentally challenging the mind, body and spirit in order to achieve one goal... to finish. The competitions are created to remove all signs of comfort and familiarity in order to introduce the importance of adaptability, creativity, critical thinking and innovative skills which are all crucial skills for students in todays uncertain world to grasp. Workshops involving academic, recreational and athletic competition style events are introduced, taught and presented. Ten teams consisting of females and males ages 7 - up from early childhood to senior high school grade levels are selected, timed, judged and scored. Ten enthusiastic educators are equipped with practical educational tools to teach "outside-of-the-box" unscripted lesson plans merging ones passion, energy and style with classroom management. Individual stamina is challenged. Teamwork is required.
1. The Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) featured Project Decathlon in the October and April 2016 newsletter. Click below to read both articles.
Through the voices of progressive minds at Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) Project Decathlon was able to provide pre-taped specialized audio interviews of over 11 Scientist studying, teaching or employed at Harvard specifically for Ghana students to hear and become inspired.
2. AstronomerswithoutBorders.org donated over 300 solar eclipse glasses for Ghanaian students to view the September 1, 2016 annular eclipse of the Sun which path crossed over central Africa. *Ghana Planetarium distributed the glasses for usage.
3. The Greater Accra, Central and Northern Region of Ghana West Africa participated in Project Decathlon 2016 camp sessions serving over 1000 students.
4. The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) based in Abuja, Nigeria West Africa invited Project Decathlon to a one-of-a-kind 4 day mega-Astronomy solar eclipse event scheduled from August 29th - September 1, 2016 where hundreds turned out to view the eclipse. Kingsley Tetteh, a Ghanaian native took on the challenge to travel over 23 hours by bus from Ghana to Nigeria to represent Project Decathlon to key leaders and influential staff in a private meeting at NASRDA.
5. Kristina Evan-Collier African-American author of What's Special About Me, Mama? and Cherish Today surprised Project Decathlon with a special personalized letter and signed copy of her published best seller books.
6. This year Project Decathlon new competitions involved: Agriculture, Sign Language, Japanese art of Origami, Health and Nutrition, Entrepreneurship, Badminton, Baseball, Frisbee the study of Antarctica, Global Education/Events and Global Technology emphasizing Social Media.
7. Jason Soderblom a Research Scientist from the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology provided an in-depth audio interview for students and teachers to hear which was instrumental in inspiring young minds to consider the field of science.
8. The Boston Teachers Union K-8 Pilot School contributed a wide range of educational supplies to Project Decathlon.