Get involved in the Bebras Computing Challenge!

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The 2017 Bebras Challenge will take place from 6th – 17th November, run by the ICS Foundation, the Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking and computer science to students from 8-18 years by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 30 countries and takes place every November. Bebras allows teachers to schedule your classes test any time during these two weeks.

Bebras consists of fun and engaging short questions, these questions 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 has challenges for five age categories, incorporating primary and secondary students. Each challenge consists of 15 multiple choice questions – 5 easy questions, 5 medium questions and 5 hard questions and each participant gets 45 mins to complete. It is completed online in your own school.

The Bebras Challenge:

• Requires no prior knowledge
• Is low time investment for teacher
• Takes 45 min
• Runs for two weeks, so many classes can participate
• Provides certificates of achievement for all participants

Jim Friars, CEO of the ICS Foundation said, “The ICS Foundation is proud to run the Bebras® Computing Challenge in Ireland, we need to encourage young people, both male and female, to understand and get involved in initiatives like this and to recognise the benefits of ICT skills and how important they are for the future.”

Try the practice challenge or find out more by visiting https://bebras.techweek.ie/ or contact bebras@techweek.ie.

Teachers can register their school/class for the challenge and participate for free by visiting https://bebras.techweek.ie/

 

About Bebras

Bebras is brought to you by the ICS Foundation, a registered charity and the social enterprise division of the Irish Computer Society, a non-profit membership organisation. The ICS Foundation is charged with advocating for digital literacy and the use of technology in education, research and developing policy on all aspects of ICT and supporting the ICT profession in Ireland.

The ICS Foundation run the Bebras Challenge on a non-profit basis. The ICS Foundation run many other educational outreach projects including Tech Week Ireland and the National Scratch Competition.

Bebras is an international initiative whose goal is to promote Informatics and Computational Thinking especially among teachers and pupils of all ages. The Bebras Community is an association of organizations which are involved with informatics and educational activities in this area. For more information please visit: www.bebras.org.

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Tech Week Wins Best Practice Award

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Tech Week has won the ‘Best Practice Award’ at the ECDL Forum event which took place in Malta this week.

Congratulations to the Tech Week team who strive to make the event bigger and better every year! Tech Week 2017 received excellent feedback from all involved and we’re already looking forward to next year. Continue reading Tech Week Wins Best Practice Award

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Tech Week 2017 draws to a close – many thanks!

As Tech Week 2017 has drawn to a close, we’d like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you for getting involved. We had a blast and learned a lot; we hope you and your students did too!

We’d love to know how you got involved and what you thought of Tech Week 2017, so we’ve created a quick two minute ‘Event Holders Debrief and Evaluation’. We’ll use the information to measure engagement around the country and incorporate your feedback and suggestions into making next years’ Tech Week even better.

We’re now looking into the participation and engagement and so far it looks like our best year yet!

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Some Tech Week events are just finishing up but from our Social media accounts it looks like you had a fun and enlightening technological experience – which is what Tech Week is all about!

We’re going to start soon working on our plans for next year, so if  you have any ideas do let us know on info@techweek.ie

 

Here’s a short video that wraps up the week :-)

 

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The Tech Week Sessions at Féile na Bealtaine – Live streamed today @2pm!

downloadAs part of the Tech Week sessions at Féile na Bealtaine, two speakers will share their experiences and their passion for what they do.

The Ever changing Story – using technology on the move
In a technology driven age, how do we maintain the human elements to our stories? What makes a story and how do we bring it to life? Continue reading The Tech Week Sessions at Féile na Bealtaine – Live streamed today @2pm!

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Congratulations to the Scratch National Finals Winners!

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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!

Tech Week 2017 survey shows that majority of Irish adults now believe an education in STEM can lead to better career opportunities

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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

Congratulations to all Bebras National Finals 2017 winners

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The 2017 Bebras National Finals took place on Saturday, 22nd 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 Congratulations to all Bebras National Finals 2017 winners

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Bebras National Finals – Information for participants

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

Enter the Tech Week Snapchat Competition for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A!

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Do you fancy winning a Samsung Galaxy Tab A? Simply add techweekirl on Snapchat and snap us a picture of your favourite piece of technology to be entered into the draw.

Continue reading Enter the Tech Week Snapchat Competition for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A!

Bebras National Finals taking place April 22nd

 

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We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Bebras National Finals will take place on Saturday, April 22nd in the Eolas Building, NUI Maynooth, as part of the Bebras Computing Challenge. The Challenge is run in November each year around the world in over 30 countries. It introduces the concepts of computational thinking to students and lets students see the practical applications of modern computing. Continue reading Bebras National Finals taking place April 22nd