The TechHub CREST Challenge is a collaboration between TechHub and the Royal Society of New Zealand.
CREST stands for CREativity in Science and Technology, where Year 9 and 10 students work in teams of 3 or 4 students to research, design and develop a mobile app from initial concept and design to development over 12 weeks in class.
When completed the challenge satisfies the requirements for a bronze CREST award from the Royal Society of NZ.
Competing in teams of 3-4, students research, design and develop an App to a Beta testing stage. At the end of the challenge which includes a poster and verbal presentation, teams selected as the school's best entries are put forward to a Regional final. Winners of the Regional finals then compete in a "dragon's den" style presentation for the national title.
Students are given a sample work plan to guide them through the stages. And teachers are supported with a technology matrix plan and unit plan template and planner, PD sessions and in-class mentors for the students.
The challenge is run over 12 weeks, with four intakes a year. Teachers can choose which round they would like their teams to enter, and schools can enter as many teams as they like in each round.
Note that CREST does have a small administrative fee payable to the Royal Society of NZ of $12.50 per student.