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Digital CREST

Digital CREST is part of a new and exciting digital challenge. Through Tahi Rua Toru Tech / 123Tech students are challenged to solve problems in their local school, or community, using digital technologies – and have fun along the way!

The in-school component of the 123Tech Challenge is built around the very successful TechHub CREST Challenge, previously operating at Years 9 and 10 but now available at all school levels across years 1-13.

The Challenge uses a special version of the CREST programme from Royal Society Te Apārangi.

CREST stands for CREativity in Science and Technology and helps students at all levels work through the whole process of problem solving.

In a digital technology context this includes defining a problem, experimenting on possible solutions, taking guidance from industry mentors, creating a solution and reflecting on it.

CREST has been operating across other areas of science and technology for more than 20 years, and the Digital CREST component of the 123Tech Challenge includes resources for teachers and students to get started and to successfully complete the Challenge.

Challenge levels

The 123Tech Challenge is available across the following levels:

  • Primary Challenge (Years 1-6)
  • Intermediate Challenge (Years 7-8)
  • Bronze Challenge (Years 9-10)
  • Silver Challenge (Years 11-13)

For Primary Challenge, students undertake a series of guided activities in small groups to build up a portfolio of completed activities. Those who complete eight or more activities receive a Primary CREST Award.

In the Intermediate to Silver Challenges, small teams of 3-4 students identify a problem in their school or local community and with the guidance of an industry mentor, use digital technologies to solve it.

The challenge can be undertaken as a term-long in-class challenge or through the school’s Code Club.

Students record their progress in an online blog, learn to create a project plan, execute, then produce a report at the end. They’re guided through the whole process with support resources for both teachers and students.

Curriculum Links

For more information about this digital challenge visit www.123tech.nz