Are you ready to take the Bebras Computing Challenge?
Applications are open for the 2018 Bebras Challenge, taking place from the 5th-16th November.
Bebras introduces computational thinking and computer science to students from 8-18 years by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online.
These tasks consist of fun and engaging short questions that can be answered without prior knowledge of computational thinking but can uncover a student’s aptitude for the discipline.
It teaches participants that computational thinking is an integral part of solving problems in daily life and aims to get students excited about computing.
Bebras is an international competition that takes place in the same two weeks in November in 44 countries. You can schedule the challenge to take place during any school day between the 5th and 16th.
The top achieving students across all age groups will be invited to attend a final round in Maynooth University during Tech Week 2019.
November 2016 ⇒ 1,300 participants
November 2017 ⇒ 5,717 participants
The Bebras Challenge:
- Is FREE!
- Requires no prior knowledge.
- Needs only a minimal time investment from teachers.
- Takes 45 min.
- Runs for two weeks, so many classes can participate.
- Provides certificates of achievement for all participants.
- It is completed online in your own school.
- There are 5 categories with different levels of difficulties.
How to get involved:
Simply register as coordinators online
and follow the instructions.
Only teachers should register as coordinators and a school may
have more than one coordinator.
The 2018 Scratch Competition will launch this week, to coincide with EU Code Week, taking place from 6th – 21st October. Run by the ICS Foundation and supported by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, Amazon Web Services and Science foundation Ireland, the Scratch Competition promotes computing and software development at both primary and secondary school levels.
Scratch is a visual programming language that encourages children to develop essential coding skills through fun and interactive learning. It challenges students to create stories, games and animations using software. It encourages innovation and creativity while giving them a taste of possible future careers in the IT sector.
Scratch is used in more than 150 different countries and available in more than 40 languages!
Schools all over Ireland are now invited to register and take part in this year’s competition. Teachers and entrants may avail of free downloads, including dozens of download lesson plans, workbooks and other resources for teaching and learning Scratch in the classroom. All participants receive a Scratch completion cert with the top scoring projects going through to a grand final, taking place during Tech Week 2019, where the overall national winners will be announced.
The closing date for receipt of Scratch projects is Friday 22nd February 2019. The Scratch National Final will take place during Tech Week 2019 (11th – 17th May).
For more information please see www.ics.ie/scratch, www.scratch.ie or contact email@example.com.