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Tech Week Resources

For second-level students

(Age 13 - 18 years old)

Tech Week Activity Sheets: Secondary Edition

The Tech Week 2018 Activity Sheets have everything you need to get you and your students involved in Tech Week. This includes ideas for fun classroom activities covering a wide range of ages and ability levels. Don’t forget to register your activities as Tech Week events to let others in your school and community know that your students are participating.

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Bebras: Mini-Challenge for Secondary Level

The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 30 countries and takes place every November.

The tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology. The aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing

Why not try the Bebras Mini Challenge as to see what it's all about!

Every November Bebras stages its international Computer Challenge to motivate students to problem-solve based on informatics concepts such as algorithms and programs, sequential and concurrent paths, data structures, state modeling, and data flow.

In 2015 over 1,300,000 students from 35 countries participated in the Bebras Computer Challenge. Also in 2015 Bebras won the Informatics Europe Best Practices in Education Award.

As an introduction, the organisation provides the Bebras Mini-Challenge which enables students to solve a sample Informatics-based task and compete against time. The online contest is open to all ages of learners.

5717 students took part in the 1st round of the Irish Bebras Competition on the 6th to 17th November 2017. The Bebras Final will be held on the 21st of April 2018 at Maynooth University. To find our more check out the Bebras Ireland website

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Scratch

Scratch is a visual programming language that makes it easy for young people to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art – and share their creations on the web.

Scratch is developed by the MIT Media Lab and is available free of charge.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively – essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch teaches computational thinking and problem-solving using a powerful yet simple-to-use building block approach to app creation.

Scratch is a fun and interesting way to introduce software development to students. Using Scratch, students gain a better understanding of a career in IT and can make more informed CAO choices.

Access free resources for teaching Scratch

Free resources for teaching primary aged students are available and which consist of a digital pack containing 10 step-by-step, 45 minute lesson plans. To download your free digital pack follow this link to register.
Further resources for primary and secondary students are available on Scratch.ie.”

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