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.
The 2018 Bebras National Finals took place on Saturday, 21st April in the Eolas Building in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the competition through the year, as well as the Bebras participants on the day. Continue reading Bebras National Competition Winners Announced
Health Tech Day will take place on Thursday 26th April 2018 at ICS HQ, Ballsbridge. The day will focus on new technologies used to improve the life of people with diseases (diabetes) and tendon injuries.
Find the agenda HERE
Register now to attend for FREE!
A team of young children from Wicklow Montessori Primary School have been awarded first place for their core values at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) FIRST® LEGO® League UK and Ireland competition. The event was the largest ever FIRST® LEGO® League UK and Ireland final with over 500 young people. Continue reading Budding young engineers receive 1st place award at the First Lego League UK and Ireland Finals will represent Ireland at the World Championships in Detroit
Digital Art Week will take place alongside Tech Week this year we have a challenge for budding primary school artists! Well-known Irish artist, Lorraine Fenlon will be making a special video showing one of her paintings and children will be asked to respond to her piece of art in any way they can think about. They can respond by using an art app like MS Paint or an iPad app or they can use traditional materials too. The only criteria is that they will upload their piece of work on the Digital Art Week website.
Once submitted, their piece of art will be added to the Digital Art Week gallery and one piece of art will be selected for a prize.The prize will be for the piece of art that responds best to Lorraine’s work. The idea of Digital Art Week is to demonstrate a simple way that teachers can integrate technology into their everyday teaching.
Digital Art Week is run by principal Simon Lewis (Anseo.net and Mash.ie) more info can be found at http://www.digitalartweek.com
This year, Tech Week is celebrating the big changes that technology has brought to the management of various diseases, such as diabetes.
From the 23rd to the 27th of April we will be making available a 30 minute documentary that captures the health system’s fight to treat the rising number of diabetic patients, and warns against this troubling epidemic facing our population. It follows the personal stories of young people who are living with diabetes and their daily struggle to manage it. Continue reading Tech Week focuses on Technology in Health
IT Professionals’ Day is a special day to act as a platform to raise awareness of the IT profession, the potential within the profession, the need for continued professionalism and contribution to society.
On this day we are asking everyone to celebrate the contribution of IT professionals in using their talents and innovation to advance society for everyone’s benefit. Continue reading Take part in IT Pro Day 2018!
What does it take for educational and training organisations to be digitally capable?
On its 20th anniversary we invite you to ICS HQ for the annual IT Training Seminar, to explore issues of concern for training and development professionals and educational organisations involved in teaching with and through technology.
Continue reading IT Training Seminar
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!