A polymath is a person with knowledge of a wide array of disciplines. Notable polymaths include Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, and Gottfried Leibniz who, over their lifetimes, contributed to various areas of study.
The student-driven Polymath Club was founded around the idea of exposing students to a wide variety of skills to build well rounded individuals who are brought out of their comfort zones. Grades 9 to 12 were taught everything from Public Speaking, Programming, and Chess to the basics of Stock Trading and Hip Hop.
The second concept behind the founding of the club was the Pareto Principle, or the 80-20 rule. Students were taught the 20% which consisted of the basics of each discipline that they could use in 80% of cases, which gave them a good idea of what it might be like to pursue the new skill. A number of students mentioned how the club introduced them to skills that they may not have even considered trying out.