The Challenge is open to all Year 3-6 students at registered South Australian schools.
Find out more here.
2020 CHALLENGE LANDING SOON!
STEPS FOR SCHOOLS
Find out if your school is already registered here.
If so, go to STEP 3. If not, continue to STEP 2.
School registrations for 2019 have now closed.
The Commissioner’s newest challenge, SPACE TO DREAM, a free design thinking challenge, is landing in 2020. Schools can register here for either challenge, or both, for 2020!
Schools already registered for 2019, follow these steps:
Every school that has registered will nominate a Challenge Coordinator who will print or share the Coding Record with all students taking part.
Challenge Coordinators are able to run the Challenge however they like. They may choose to run the Challenge via their school’s Year 3-6 class teachers.
There’s no minimum or maximum number of students required for a school to register and take part.
Challenge Coordinators are asked to collect all students’ Coding Records and retain them for 6 months.
Challenge Coordinators will use the forms to complete and submit the Challenge Completion Form before the deadline of 27 September 2019.
The Challenge Completion Form invites each school to provide a student testimonial on taking part in the Challenge. The most creative and insightful entries win rewards.
The Challenge Activities
Not sure what Challenge Activities to select for your students?
Check out the recommended activities in our Beginner’s Guide.
Or explore the full range of free step-by-step activities here:
Schools taking part are eligible to win enticing digital rewards for the benefit of all students:
- A brand new school website or upgrade
- Class set of programmable micro:bits
- The latest programmable camera drones
- Grok ‘all access’ class subscriptions
- Data packs with Powerbanks
Plus, every school that participates receives access to 3 exclusive 1 hour Digital Challenge webinars written for South Australian teachers by Microsoft.
And every child completing the Challenge earns a certificate from the Commissioner for Children and Young People.
*Terms and conditions apply. Please refer to the Full Terms and Conditions for more information.
SCHOOL REGISTRATION CLOSES
Last day Term 2 (5 July) 2019
STUDENTS RETURN FORMS
13 Sept 2019 (recommendation only)
Schools are advised to ask students to return their completed coding records to their Challenge Coordinator well in advance of the Challenge closing date (27 September 2019) so the Coordinator has plenty of time to submit the school’s Challenge Completion Form.
9,16 and 23 Sept 2019
School Challenge Coordinators will be sent reminder emails to submit their school’s Completion Form by the due date.
Last day Term 3 (27 Sept) 2019
Challenge Completion Forms due from schools.
Coding Records due from children taking part outside of school.
First 4 weeks of Term 4 (14 Oct to 8 Nov) 2019
EXTEND THEIR DIGITAL LEARNING POWERSWould you like to take your students further on their digital learning experience?
Official Commissioner’s Digital Challenge Registered School Seal to include on social media / website / prospectus material
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Children of South Australia asked for more ways to be creative, to prepare for jobs of the future and to start learning the things they are going to need to know, now.
So I’ve launched my Digital Challenge. This year it’s all about computational thinking and basic coding for every level.
When you learn to think and create with a digital mindset you are learning to speak Robot!
Commissioner for Children and Young People, South Australia
CEO & Co-Founder at Code Like A GirlThe 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.
Leader at Learning Technologies, Leadership Development, Department for Education ǀ Director at Educators SA ǀ Principal Consultant at EdTechSAThis 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
Lead at Computer Science Education Research (CSER) Group | Lead at Centre for Distributed and Intelligent Technologies - Modelling and AnalysisIt 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
Research Fellow at Computer Science Education Research (CSER) GroupTechnology 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
Academic Director at Australian Computing Academy | Director at National Computer Science School | CEO at Grok LearningDigital 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.