Commissioner’s Digital Challenge
Scouts in SA who complete the Commissioner’s Digital Challenge earn exclusive challenge badges.
Take one, two, or all three Challenges this year with your Unit. The Challenge repeats each year so make it part of your annual program.
In 2020 over 20,000 children and young people took part from all across the State.
Each badge counts towards other Scouts’ awards – why not make an SIA out of it!
Here are the Challenges to choose from:
Zoom Out – a brand new challenge where Scouts get to try out one of the most powerful ways of thinking – systems thinking.
Space to Dream
Space to Dream – Scouts will use design thinking to invent a toy or gadget for someone ‘moving to Mars’.
Learn to Speak robot
Learn to Speak Robot – Scouts learn to get coding with a choice of hundreds of step-by-step activities.
Early learning unplugged
Younger Scouts – There’s also a device-free version of Learn to Speak Robot for Reception-aged children called ‘Early Learning Unplugged’.
This version of the Challenge needs to be printed and uses crayons, paper and dance to teach basic computational thinking!
Participants earn a certificate from the Commissioner but do not qualify for a badge.
Download the free pack at https://commissionersdigitalchallenge.net.au/digital-thinking/early-learners-introduction/
Scouts in South Australia are invited to write a short story for hub
What is hub? hub is the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s online space that celebrates children and young people’s achievements and views: https://hub.ccyp.com.au/
Write for hub Scouts in South Australia are invited to write a short story on any topic that they would like to share with others and that they believe other young people would find interesting. This will count toward any Scouts’ writing and communication awards [Bek to confirm details]
Length 500 – 800 words.
Due There is no due date. Written pieces can be submitted anytime throughout the year.
To write a strong story, first decide what to write about.
Do you want to write
A human interest story – something interesting about Scouts
About a local and/or timely issue (how the problem affects you or others)
Some other situation which most readers can immediately relate to
Optional: Check out previous pieces on hub
SILVER LININGS by Nevie Peart
NO BACK TO NORMAL PLEASE by Amelia Ranger
MORE THAN WORDS by Harry
A YOUNG SOUTH AUSTRALIAN’S REFLECTIONS ON YOUTH WEEK 2020 by Jo Barry-Murphy
DRIVING CHANGE by Holly Wallman-Craddock
Ask peers to edit and give you feedback on your story. Things they could look out for are:
Is what you are saying clear? Does it make sense? Do you use any vocabulary that your audience might not know?
Is it too long? Can you say something in a simpler way?
Are there any grammatical or spelling mistakes?
Send your writing piece to CommissionerCYP@sa.gov.au
Mark your email ‘Scouts Writing for hub’
Please include the following information:
Your age, Your email address or another way we can contact you
Optional: Your name, A profile photo
No devices or internet in your Unit?
No problem – you can run one of the printed group activities in Zoom Out to complete the Zoom Out Challenge. There are also paper-based options for Space to Dream and Learn to Speak Robot that can be printed out for the Scouts in your Unit.
The Commissioner’s Digital Challenge is an initiative of the Commissioner for Children and Young People because digital skills are life skills – critical to future jobs, social inclusion and to help build a more equitable world.
Learn more at https://commissionersdigitalchallenge.net.au/
Contact the Commissioner’s Digital Challenge team at CommissionersDigitalChallenge@sa.gov.au if you have any questions.