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Digital CREST Challenge

Tahi Rua Toru Tech (123Tech) is a new and exciting digital challenge for school students built around the successful TechHub CREST Challenge.

Students are challenged to solve problems in their local school, or community, using digital technologies – and have fun along the way!

Structure of the Challenge

The in-school component of the 123Tech Challenge is built around the very successful TechHub CREST Challenge, previously operating at Years 9 and 10 but now available at all school levels across years 1-13.

The Challenge uses a special version of the CREST programme from Royal Society Te Apārangi.

CREST stands for CREativity in Science and Technology and helps students at all levels work through the whole process of problem solving.

In a digital technology context this includes defining a problem, experimenting on possible solutions, taking guidance from industry mentors, creating a solution and reflecting on it.

CREST has been operating across other areas of science and technology for more than 20 years, and the DigiCREST component of the 123Tech Challenge includes resources for teachers and students to get started and to successfully complete the Challenge.

Challenge levels

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The 123Tech Challenge is available across the following levels:

  • Primary Challenge (Years 1-6)
  • Intermediate Challenge (Years 7-8)
  • Bronze Challenge (Years 9-10)
  • Silver Challenge (Years 11-13)


For Primary Challenge, students undertake a series of guided activities in small groups to build up a portfolio of completed activities. Those who complete 8 or more activities receive a Primary CREST Award.

In the Intermediate to Silver Challenges, small teams of 3-4 students identify a problem in their school or local community and with the guidance of an industry mentor, use Digital Technologies to solve it.

The challenge can be undertaken as a term-long in-class challenge or through the school’s Code Club.

Students record their progress in an online blog, learn to create a project plan, execute, then produce a report at the end. They’re guided through the whole process with support resources for both teachers and students.

Curriculum Links

Each Challenge level is closely linked to the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko Progress Outcomes in the new curriculum content.

Read this TENZ overview of the digital technologies strand, with links to useful information. A-TENZ-Overview-of-Digital-Technologies-Strand-of-Technology-Curriculum.pdf

For more information about this digital challenge visit www.123tech.nz