Run the Commissioner’s Digital Challenge

at your Local Library

Many South Australian libraries are choosing to run the Commissioner’s Digital Challenge after school, or as part of their school holiday program. That’s because it’s full of fun digital activities that can be scheduled for short sessions making it popular with their younger library members. Library staff love it too because it’s so easy to support. All you need do for your Library to participate is Register once via any of the buttons below. Registering enables access to the Challenge materials delivered via the Internet. Ask about our Unplugged Version of Learn to Speak Robot for very young children.

See an overview of each Challenge below. Register for one, two, or choose all three!

Learn to Speak Robot is a coding challenge for children aged 7 to 12 years. All that is required is a laptop or PC with an internet connection! Children complete the Challenge when they have finished any four of the Learn to Speak Robot activities on offer. Each activity takes about an hour to complete, but this will also depend upon the skill level of each child. There are hundreds of activities to choose complete with a Beginner’s Guide.

Register to get detailed instructions, recommendations and access to freee downloadable promotional display posters for your library.

Registered? Start the Challenge!

Space to Dream challenges children and young people to design a toy or gadget for a child or young person their age who is moving to Mars. They learn how to use the five step ‘Design Thinking’ process to create their design. The Design Challenge can be done either over a series of after-school lessons at the library or in a longer library holiday session. Children can either create their design using the free 3D design tool provided by Challenge partners, Makers Empire, or hand draw their designs onto a ‘MAKE IT!’ Design Sheet.

Register to get a printable overview of the Design Thinking steps, instructions on how to run the Challenge, and access to free display materials to promote the Challenge at your Library.

Registered?  Start the Challenge!

Zoom Out! is a quick systems thinking Challenge. To complete Zoom Out! children only need to complete one of the three activities on offer. Each of the activities can be completed in 10-20 minutes. Zoom Out! could be a great addition to your weekly after-school session, or your school holiday program activities.

Register to get detailed instructions, Challenge recommendations, and promotional materials for your library.

Registered? Start the Challenge!

Want to run your own Digital Challenge?


Key Dates

The Challenge commences on the first day of Term 1 and closes on the last day of Term 3 each year.
All Library run programs need to take place within this timeframe.

You can offer one or all three Digital Challenge’s after school each day of the school terms, and/or as part of your Term 1 or Term 2 School Holiday Program.


Every child or young person who participates in the Commissioner’s Digital Challenge and who submits their completed Coding Record form online prior to the end of Term 3 is entitled to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Commissioner.

Libraries running programs are sent the Certicate Template so that these personalised certificates can be issued with ease by you.


Register your Library’s Program details so they can can be included on the Challenge website.
Register here.

Participating libraries are sent the ‘Commissioner’s Digital Challenge Destination’ Seal to place on display at your library and on your social media.


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