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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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

Tech Week focuses on Technology in Health

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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

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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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

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!