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Teacher Lockdown Resource Competition 2020

Throughout 2020 teachers of technology education across NZ have put their expertise on display in the flipped classroom. TENZ wants to reward your hard work! 

During Terms 3 & 4 TENZ is asking teachers to submit a digital resource, lesson or activity. These teaching and learning resources can be anything that you have developed to teach Technology or STEM online. Teachers are asked to submit a lesson plan that illustrates your take on an activity. 


The resource lesson or activity should include the following:

  • teacher name and school 
  • lesson title
  • target year level
  • time required for lesson/s
  • achievement objectives/indicators of progression and/or progress outcome links
  • materials required
  • instructional steps
  • assessment strategies
  • differentiation strategies

Lesson plans will be scored using a rubric, and winners will be announced mid December 2020. 

Link to judging rubric for Lockdown resource

Note: Work submitted will be made available for sharing and collaboration with other teachers in a resource folder via the TENZ website. Plans are subject to revision and edits. Work will be published and shared under Creative Commons (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/nz/ ).


Please fill in this form to submit your entry: Link to Lockdown Resource submission form.



Entries must be submitted based on the NZ curriculum only. Due date for all entries is December 4, 2020. You may enter more than one resource. See link to judging rubric above to help with your submission.


ECE to Yr 2
Yr 3 to Yr 5
Yr 6 to Yr 8
Yr 9 to Yr 10
Yr 11 to Yr 13

Prizes for each category: Treat yourselves with...
1st place:   $200 prezzy card
2nd place:  $100 prezzy card
3rd place:   $50 prezzy card

TENZ goody bags as spot prizes (drink bottles, bags, cups, notepads, pens, stickers etc )

TENZ - who are we?

Technology Education New Zealand (TENZ) is a professional, collaborative network for supporting teachers in New Zealand. We promote and support all levels of technology education - from Early Childhood Education (ECE) through to tertiary, across all learning areas within technology.

Should you wish to learn more, or join TENZ today with your school - visit tenz.org.nz/join-tenz/

Winners: TENZ 2020 Techo Challenge
A big thank you to all teachers and students who entered the first TENZ Techno Challenge. Students from Year 1 - 10 were invited to design, model, test and evaluate an outcome designed to help with a need they had identified whilst at home during COVID-19 lockdown.
Judges were very impressed with the creativity and ingenuity of all students and were amazed at the technological understanding and language used in the entries.

Doodle a Design

(aimed at younger students Y1 - 3)

Congratulations to:

First Place

Automatic Toothpaste dispenser: CONRAD HEENAN, Year 3, Prebbleton  Primary school

Second Place

Cat Scarer: ELLA DAWSON Year 1, Prebbleton Primary School

Highly Commended
Harry Aarts, Year 2, Prebbleton Primary school
Jack Bowen, Year 2, Prebbleton Primary school
William Hurrell, Year 2, Prebbleton Primary school
Ramona Rowe, Year 1, Fruitvale School

Model Manufacture

(aimed at Y4 - 7)

Congratulations to:

First Place

Healthy dog treats: SASHA KEY, Year 7, Remarkables Primary school

Joint Second Place
Cat scratch pole: DANIEL LOVEWELL, Year 7, Hadlow school
Joint Second Plaee

Study desk: ZIQI CAO, Year 7, Peachgrove Intermediate school

Highly Commended
Heidi Green, Year 7, Remarkables Primary school
Rosa Dawson, Year 7, Remarkables Primary school
Alex Johnstone, Year 7, Kirkwood Intermediate school

Iterative Inventions

(aimed at Y8 - 10)

Congratulations to:
First Place

Bird Scarer: MAGGIE LANGFORD, Year 7, Remarkables Primary school

Joint Second Place
Horse jump: GEMMA LOVEWELL, Year 10, Nga Tawa Diocesan school
Joint Second Place

Refuse bin catch: VIOLET SMILLIE, Year 8, Remarkables Primary school

Very Highly Commended
Indy Hamilton, Year 7, Remarkables Primary school
Highly Commended

Esther Ide, Year 7, Remarkables Primary school
Bethany Argyle, Year 8, Remarkables Primary school

Also, thanks again to our sponsors who donated prizes for the TENZ Techno Challenge:

Learning Developments


Phoenix Technology


Mrs Priestley ICT

and to the judges who gave up their own time to read and check over 60 entries:

Catherine Johnson

Ruth Lemon

Julie Baker

Wendy Fox-Turnbull

we appreciate the difficulty of making those decisions!
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TENZ 2020 Techno Challenge

Ready for a HANDS ON authentic & creative learning experience for your students to take part in during the COVID-19 lockdown? Encourage your learners to take part in the TENZ 2020 Techno Challenge! We are proud to present this nationwide competition for Years 1 to 10, encouraging tamariki to innovate at home through the Technology curriculum.

Three competition categories:

  • Doodle a design (aimed at younger students Y1 - 3)
  • Model Manufacture (aimed at Y4 - 7)
  • Iterative Inventions (aimed at Y8 - 10

Amazing Prizes

Prizes for students have been donated by: Learning Developments, OfficeMax, Phoenix Technology & Mrs Priestley ICT (and there are spot prizes for teachers too!)

How do you get going? Find all the details below (view, download, print).
Contact TENZ at sarah@tenz.org.nz if you have any questions.

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