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TechHub CREST Challenge


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.

Support and Resources

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. 

Key dates for 2018 are as follows:
Round 1
Registrations close 1 March
Start date 12th March
Finish date 1st June
Judging 6th June
Round 2
Registrations close 10 April
Start date 30th April
Finish date 6th July
Judging 25rh July
Round 3
Registrations close 3 July
Start date 23rd July
Finish date 28th Sept
Judging 17th October

Keen to participate?

Teachers can register your interest in this programme here or by contacting us here.

Note that CREST does have a small administrative fee payable to the Royal Society of NZ of $12.50 per student.