Preparations for the 2019 National Scratch Competition are well underway and looks like it’ll be better than ever with the recent launch of Scratch 3.0.
Would-be participants can register their projects online at scratch.ics.ie for the competition with entries to be submitted by 1st March 2019. The finals will be held in University of Limerick during Tech Week, 11th-17th May 2019.
Scratch 3.0 includes dozens of new sprites, a totally new sound editor, and many new programming blocks and with Scratch 3.0, you are able to create and play projects on your tablet, in addition to your laptop or desk computer. Here’s an FAQ on Scratch 3.0.
In operation since 2010, the National Scratch Competition has established itself among both teachers and students as a leading platform and showcase for Ireland’s aspiring digital creators.
For more information please visit scratch.ics.ie, scratch.ie or contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to announce the launch of Tech Week 2018, organised by the Irish Computer Society and supported by the SFI Discover programme and Amazon Web Services.
Now in its fifth year, the annual festival of technology will see as many as 100,000 students take part in a range of activities nationwide. Continue reading Tech Week Returns April 22nd – 28th 2018!
Wednesday saw the Scratch Finalists make their way to the Kemmy Business School in University Limerick for the Scratch National Final. 30 of the top scoring teams across the categories qualified and were invited to show their mettle to the judges. Continue reading Congratulations to the Scratch National Finals Winners!
Research carried out for Tech Week 2017 shows that the vast majority of Irish adults (89%) now believe that getting an education in STEM related subjects is important and can lead to better career opportunities in the future. Continue reading Tech Week 2017 survey shows that majority of Irish adults now believe an education in STEM can lead to better career opportunities
If your student/child has been invited and confirmed they will attend the National Finals of the Bebras Challenge 2017 please read on for details of the event. Continue reading Bebras National Finals – Information for participants
You can now listen back to ICS Foundation Deputy CEO Mary Cleary’s Tech Week interview with West Limerick 102FM’s Monica Sheehy. Continue reading Listen back to Mary Cleary’s Tech Week Interview with West Limerick 102FM
Congratulations to all 2017 Scratch Competition entrants and thank you for all your hard work and for your highly creative and entertaining Scratch project submissions.
We had a difficult job selecting 30 projects to proceed to the national finals, from over 545 entries all around the country. We have been through 2 rounds of judging from over 50 judges and the standard of Scratch projects created this year was very high. Continue reading Congratulations to the Scratch 2017 National Finalists!
This year’s Tech Week is happening on 22nd -28th April 2017 with a variety of nationwide events!
The Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today launched Tech Week 2017, Ireland’s national festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public, which takes place all over Ireland this year from 22-28 April.
Organised by the ICS Foundation, the social enterprise arm of the Irish Computer Society, and sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland, this exciting week of events will see more than 100,000 students take part in a range of fun activities, including the finals of several Tech Week events. Continue reading Minister Halligan Launches Tech Week 2017!