Thursday, 7 August 2014

Bebras - free online Computational Thinking Challenge for years 3-12

Contact: Ken Price, TASITE -
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Date: 1-12 Sept
Location: Online

Intended Audience: Teachers years 3-12, ICT and computing coordinators

Looking for an easy and fun way to introduce the computational thinking aspect of the new Digital Technologies curriculum?

You and your students are invited to participate in the Bebras - Computational Thinking Challenge. It is a free, school based, online competition, done under teacher supervision within an hour (45-60 minutes).

Students can participate individually or in small groups (up to 4), and collaboration and sharing during the challenge is encouraged. No prior computing or ICT knowledge is required . Teachers can select when they want to hold the competition within the first two weeks of September.

This Challenge is open to students from Grade 3 – right through to Year 12.

The Bebras contest was created in Lithuania in 2004 and has already spread all around the world. Bebras is an international initiative to promote informatics among school students of all ages. The online challenge asks small, interesting questions that can be answered with no prior knowledge about informatics or computer science but are related to informatics concepts and require thinking about information, computation, data processing and so on.

For more information about Bebras and the link to some sample tasks visit the Bebras website.