Get involved in the Bebras Computing Challenge!


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Are you ready to take the Bebras Computing Challenge?

Applications are open for the 2018 Bebras Challenge, taking place from the 5th-16th November.

 

About Bebras

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.

 


 

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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. 

 


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2018-2019 Scratch Competition Launches

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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 scratch@ics.ie.

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The Irish Computer Society gets involved in the European Project “YOUNG ICT WOMEN”

YOUNG ICT WOMEN project kicks off aiming to provide innovative solutions to increase the number of girls and young women in the digital economy in seven European countries

The “YOUNG ICT WOMEN – Innovative Solutions to increase the numbers of EU vulnerable girls and young women into the digital agenda” (Project Nr. 2017-1-094) has started its activities with a kick-off meeting organized by the project Lead Partner, the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association – LIKTA the 10-11th September in Riga.

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The objective of the YOUNG ICT WOMEN project is to develop the digital competences and thereby the employability of young women at risk of exclusion from the labor market.

The project brings together 10 insightful and experienced partners from 9 European countries: AMETIC – The Spanish ICT Association – Spain, Baltic Education Technology Institute – BETI, Lithuania, Creative Thinking Development –  CRETHIDEV – Greece, DIGITALEUROPE aisbl, Belgium, ECDL Ireland Ltd. – Ireland, Educating for an Open Society – EOS, Romania, European Centre for Women and Technology – ECWT, Norway, FUNDACIÓN PLAN INTERNATIONAL, Spain, LIKTA, Latvia and Malta Communications Authority – Malta.

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The initiative will pursue its goals through awareness raising campaigns, skills assessment, innovative partnerships with employers, development of a new on-line employability profiling tool, training and employment guidance into Digital Jobs.

The YOUNG ICT WOMEN project benefits from a 2.714.304 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment and will run between September 2018 and August 2021.

For more information see also eeagrants.org/ and follow the project website coming in October!

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Family Fun Day, Saturday 16th June 2 – 6pm!

Come along to Family Fun day at IT Tallaght, Saturday 16th June 2 – 6pm. Organised by Aws, and supported by TechWeek, it will be a family friendly event with outdoor entertainment and indoor workshops

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Congratulations to the Scratch National Finals Winners!

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The National Scratch Coding Competition was held in the Kemmy Business School, at the University of Limerick, last Wednesday April 25th as part of Tech Week 2018. 32 of the top scoring teams across the categories were invited to show their mettle to the judges.

We’re delighted to announce the below winners in their respective categories and selected from over 500 entries nationwide:

 

Best Animations 2018

Behind the Bully, Scoil Pol

Best Technical Sophistication 2018

Flight of Apollo, St. Brigid Boys’ School

Best Educational Content 2018

The Map of Ireland, St. Mary’s & St. Gerald’s National School

Best Social project 2018

Bip and Pin’s Clean-Up Adventure, Skibbereen Coder Dojo

Special Scratch Award 2018

My Energy, Cloghans Hill National School

Category Winner 2018  –  Junior infants to 1st Class Category 

Star Wars Maze, Ardfield National School

School Winner 2018  – 2nd class to 4th class Category 

Turty’s Treasure Island, St. Mary’s & St. Gerald’s National School

After school Winner 2018 – 2nd class to 4th class Category 

Station Escape, St. Joseph’s National School

Category Winner 2018 – 5th class to 6th class Category 

Nutty Nutrition Navigation, Ratoath Senior National School

Category Winner 2018 – 1st year to 3rd year Category 

Piano Pal, St. Angela’s School

Category Winner 2018 – 4th to 6th year Category 

Clean Up Our Streets, Scoil Pol, Kilfinane, Limerick

 

….and the Overall Winner is…..

Super Teddy 2, Naas Commuinty College, Kildare

 

Congratulations to everyone who won, and we are looking forward to seeing you compete next year.

 

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Bebras National Competition Winners Announced

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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

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Register now to attend Health Tech Day!

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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!

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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

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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

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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

Creative & Innovative Computing at Wexford

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The Wexford Campus of IT Carlow is running an event to promote and highlight the use of computing and technology in a creative and innovative fashion. It is aimed at Senior Cycle students, will offer hands on experience with innovative digital technologies. The event includes creative workshops, innovative demonstrations and guest speakers. Continue reading Creative & Innovative Computing at Wexford

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