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Can you complete one of the Zoom Out activities before September 30?

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 2022, no problem – you can complete the Challenge again outside of school – maybe trying one of the other activities.
  2. Take a look at the Challenge Activities. The best activity to try on your own is Systems Are Everywhere. There are also 2 group activities, Create a System and Make a Kinder System. These can work well with community groups such as Scouts or Guides.
  3. Make sure you submit your Zoom Out Systems Thinking Record online by 30 September 2022 to receive your certificate from the Commissioner.

Complete any of the activities below to complete the challenge

When you have completed an activity, don’t forget to submit your Zoom Out Systems Thinking Record by 30 September 2022 to claim your Certificate of Achievement from the Commissioner.

SYSTEMS ARE EVERYWHERE has been designed for children and young people taking the Challenge on their own. CREATE A SYSTEM and MAKE A KINDER SYSTEM have been designed for groups.


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SYSTEMS ARE EVERYWHERE is an online series of micro-activities demonstrating the key behaviours of systems. Each fun micro-activity takes only minutes to complete and can be worked through at a pace to suit your classroom. This entire activity can be completed during a single lesson. Suitable for students of all ages – younger students will require assistance. You could run through the micro-activities as a whole class.


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CREATE A SYSTEM is an unplugged activity (no computers or devices required) that teaches students to design and communicate systems with their classmates through a hands-on activity involving all your students that uses balloons or other materials you have to hand. Quick to set up and implement, this activity can be completed in a single lesson or less. Suitable for students of all ages. Includes lesson plan.


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MAKE A KINDER SYSTEM is a simple unplugged game (no computers or devices required) with complex cooperation and competition strategies. It serves as an introduction to “seeing the whole” system and its effects on individuals, societies, economies and environments. It is best suited to a class of middle-late primary and secondary students and can be completed in a single lesson. Includes lesson plan.

Complete the Challenge

Submit the online Systems Thinking Record to complete the Challenge and claim your Certificate of Achievement.

Submit Your Systems Thinking Record

(Link to online submission)
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Every child completing the challenge earns a Zoom Out Certificate of Achievement from the Commissioner for Children and Young People.

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

Schools that are registered and submit their school’s Zoom Out Challenge Completion Form can win impressive digital rewards including a full school program of Coding in Minecraft donated by Prodigy Learning, a new school website donated by EWS, a double pack of VEX IQ Super Kits donated by VEX with training donated by Building Bots, and much more.

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We’ve provided a range of resources, videos and materials to take you further on your digital learning journey.

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Commissioner's Message

Despite the continued disruption caused by the pandemic in 2021 an estimated 38,000 children and young people across South Australia completed one or all three of my digital challenges; computational thinking (Learn to Speak Robot) design thinking (Space to Dream) and systems thinking (Zoom Out).


Our future requires bold thinkers who know how to create intelligent and out-of-the-box solutions. Children and young people know how important it is to gain digital skills while they’re still at school so they can be ready for the jobs of the future. 

If you’re a young person, take the Challenge today! If you’re an educator, register now to get the Challenge happening at your school. If you’re a community group leader, run the Challenge in your unit. If you’re a librarian, register your library and promote the Challenge using the free posters and graphic assets.

Let’s work together to encourage as many children and young people in South Australia as possible to take a journey towards digital empowerment in 2022!

Helen Connolly

Commissioner for Children and Young People, South Australia


Professor Caroline McMillen

Professor Caroline McMillen

Chief Scientist, South Australia

A generation that naturally harnesses a diversity of view-points and insights from different fields to develop world-first solutions to major challenges allows us to be confident that our future is in great hands.



Author of A HUMAN’S GUIDE TO THE FUTURE, Biomedical Engineer, Inventor, TV Presenter, and Founder CEO of Psykinetic

When you can break down any system, big or small, into its components you can start to learn more about how things work, and it can even change the way you look at the world. No system is perfect, so think about how you can improve the systems around you – making them more energy efficient, using sustainable materials, creating less waste, performing the function better, or even helping improve lives – as bit by bit, this is how we build a better future!​

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