A FREE DIGITAL CHALLENGE FOR CHILDREN IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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4 CHALLENGE ACTIVITIES × 2019

 
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TAKE THE CHALLENGE NOW

 
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CLOSES 27 SEPTEMBER 2019

 

Ways to take part

Steps for children taking the Challenge:
  1. Check out the ways to take part and decide how you will take the Challenge. You can find out if your school is already registered here. If your school is already doing the Challenge in 2019, no problem – you can complete the Challenge again outside of school using different Challenge Activities!
  2. Have fun exploring the Challenge Activities and choose four you would like to try. If you aren’t sure where to begin, look at the Beginner’s Guide.
  3. Make sure you submit your Coding Record by 27 September 2019 to receive your certificate from the Commissioner.

Start Challenge Now

Choose and complete four activities = Challenge complete!

Not sure which activities to try?
Check out the recommended activities in our Beginner’s Guide.

Or explore the full range of free step-by-step activities here:

 Access Hour of Code™ activities

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A great place to start as all lessons are step-by-step and there’s something for everyone.

Coding with Star Wars®, Minecraft®, Disney characters from Moana® and Frozen®, Angry Birds®, NBA® and more.

 Access Grok Learning™ activities

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Never tried coding before? Try some basic Blockly coding with the cute Monster Maker.

 Access Code Club™ activities

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Step-by-step projects to complete using free downloads to make your own musical instruments with Scratch, create a webpage to tell a joke and send secret messages.

Access MakeCode™ activities

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Always wanted a micro:bit device but don’t have one?

Use the free online micro:bit simulator here to make a flashing heart or a game where you can play ‘rock paper scissors’. Plus lots more to try here.

 Access CS Unplugged™ activities

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Core fundamentals of programming without devices!

You’ll only need items like chalk, paper, pens, pebbles, bits ‘n’ bobs and your digital thinking brain.

Works well as a group activity.

Access DT Hub™
activities

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Digital thinking activities across various subject areas such as Health, the Arts, Geography and Science. This is a great resource for educators.
Most activities take an hour or less and all include step-by-step instructions. Some don’t even require devices.

When you have completed four activities, don’t forget to submit your Coding Record by 27 September 2019 to claim your Certificate of Achievement from the Commissioner.

CODING RECORD

Submit your Coding Record to complete the Challenge and claim your certificate.

Submit your Coding Record Form

(Link to online submission)
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Rewards

Every child completing the challenge earns a certificate from the Commissioner for Children and Young People.

Girl Guides and Scouts in South Australia who complete the Challenge automatically qualify for the exclusive ‘speak Robot’ embroidered badge.

Libraries offering Challenge programs are eligible to win one of two new Xbox consoles donated by Microsoft and libraries promoting the Challenge in creative ways can win one of 30 sets of the award-winning offline coding game, Potato Pirates (teaches coding fundamentals in 30 minutes to ages 7+).

Schools that are registered and complete the Challenge can win a new school website, programmable camera drones, class sets of micro:bits and other useful digital rewards – see Schools page for more details.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please refer to the Full Terms and Conditions for more information.

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EXTEND YOUR DIGITAL LEARNING HERE

 
A range of free resources, videos, materials and challenges to take you further on your digital learning journey.
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Commissioner's Message

My Challenge is a free, step-by-step way to increase the uptake of digital skills in this generation across South Australia through community, schools and family.

It’s all about increasing inclusive digital opportunity.

Helen Connolly

Commissioner for Children and Young People,
South Australia

Benefits

Ally Watson

Ally Watson

CEO & Co-Founder at Code Like A Girl

The future is technology. Women are at risk of losing out on tomorrow’s best job opportunities. The situation presents a unique opportunity for females to step up and take action. The future is very much looking to artificial intelligence, and if it’s only men building that intelligence there’s going to be continued bias in the technology of the future.
Paul Clapton-Caputo

Paul Clapton-Caputo

Leader at Learning Technologies, Leadership Development, Department for Education ǀ Director at Educators SA ǀ Principal Consultant at EdTechSA

This Challenge opens young minds to thinking technologically. It will grow diversity and inclusion and opportunity for those that will soon lead this work in creating tools and systems yet unimagined. Human, cultural and systems diversity require the chance for every child and young person in South Australia to be part of this thinking and mix.
Professor Katrina Falkner

Professor Katrina Falkner

Lead at Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Group | Lead at Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies - Modelling and Analysis

It is essential for our next generation to not only learn about how digital technology works and how to use it, but also how to create new technologies. Understanding how we create technology solutions empowers people in solving their own problems and those of their communities in ways that truly address their needs.
Dr Rebecca Vivian

Dr Rebecca Vivian

Research Fellow at Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Group

Technology increasingly has an impact on every field today – including finance, fashion, agriculture, business, art, medicine and more! Providing opportunities for children to develop computational thinking and digital skills is fundamental to building their capacity to be problem-solvers and solution-creators in a digital world.  
Professor James Curran

Professor James Curran

Academic Director at Australian Computing Academy | Director at National Computer Science School | CEO at Grok Learning

Digital technologies make thoughts concrete without requiring the physical world. Any problem that can be turned into data, you can manipulate and interact with in such a way that you could change the world – and there’s nothing more amazing than that.

Partners

Proudly Supported By

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Australian Information Industry Association logo
EWS - Education Web Solutions logo
Grok Learning logo
Public Libraries Service of South Australia
Scouts logo
Girl Guides logo
Children’s University logo
Thinkfun Games logo
Wade’s World
EDTechSA
Digital Technologies Hub
CS Unplugged logo
MakeCode logo
Computer Science Education Research Group logo
Code Club Australia logo
Code Like a Girl logo
Advanced Technology Program
Australian Computing Academy logo
National Computer Science School logo
Onkaparinga Libraries logo
The Hartley Institute logo
Acknowledgement of Country

We respectfully acknowledge and celebrate the Traditional Owners of the lands throughout South Australia and we pay our respects to their Elders – and to past, present and future generations of their children and young people.

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