A new digital technology competition is launching today, open to all New Zealand school students, and designed to encourage greater participation in digital technology.
The Tahi Rua Toru Tech Challenge is part of a broader initiative to help teachers introduce the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content into classrooms and get kids excited about digital tech. It is being led by IT Professionals NZ (the professional body of the IT industry) in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Royal Society Te Apārangi, Code Club Aotearoa, the Digital Technology Teachers Aotearoa and others.
“The 123Tech Challenge is for all students from Year 0 to 13, with kids working in small teams to solve real problems leading to a national championship.” said IT Professionals NZ CEO Paul Matthews.
Solving digital problems
“Intermediate and Secondary students (Year 7–13) identify real-world problems then plan and solve them using digital technologies. For example, they could create an app or an animated video, or a digital infrastructure project or lots of other options. The Challenge is for Primary school students too, with a set of digital technologies-related activities that will earn a CREST certificate from the Royal Society Te Apārangi. The best teams can choose to go onto one of 10 regional championships, with a national championship celebration in November. The competition will run in terms two and three.”
Linked to new curriculum
The initiative is a linked directly to the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content officially launched last year, creating a great bridge for teachers to start teaching the new material.
The challenge is an extension of the TechHub CREST Challenge that IT Professionals NZ and the Royal Society Te Apārangi has been running for three years for students in Year 9 and 10. Funding for the championship – which will take place in 2018 and 2019 – is a 50/50 partnership between the Ministry of Education and the tech industry. It’s a part of a broader $38 million package to support teachers and help integrate the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum in schools.
To find out more go to 123tech.nz