from Raspberry Pi Blog – Raspberry Pi
Author Dan Fisher
UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge for schools, brought to you by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Oxford University, is taking place this November!
The Bebras Challenge is a great way for your students to practise their computational thinking skills while solving exciting, accessible, and puzzling questions. Usually this 40-minute challenge would take place in the classroom. However, this year for the first time, your students can participate from home too!
If your students haven’t entered before, now is a great opportunity for them to get involved: they don’t need any prior knowledge.
Do you have any students who are up for tackling the Bebras Challenge? Then register your school today!
What you need to know about the Bebras Challenge
- It’s a great whole-school activity open to students aged 6 to 18, in different age group categories.
- It’s completely free!
- The closing date for registering your school is 30 October.
- Let your students complete the challenge between 2 and 13 November 2020.
- The challenge is made of a set of short tasks, and completing it takes 40 minutes.
- The challenge tasks focus on logical thinking and do not require any prior knowledge of computer science.
- There are practice questions to help your students prepare for the challenge.
- This year, students can take part at home (please note they must still be entered through their school).
- All the marking is done for you! The results will be sent to you the week after the challenge ends, along with the answers, so that you can go through them with your students.
“Thank you for another super challenge. It’s one of the highlights of my year as a teacher. Really, really appreciate the high-quality materials, website, challenge, and communication. Thank you again!”
– A UK-based teacher
Support your students to develop their computational thinking skills with Bebras materials
Bebras is an international challenge that started in Lithuania in 2004 and has grown into an international event. The UK became involved in Bebras for the first time in 2013, and the number of participating students has increased from 21,000 in the first year to more than 260,000 last year! Internationally, nearly 3 million learners took part in 2019.
Bebras is a great way to engage your students of all ages in problem-solving and give them a taste of what computing is all about. In the challenge results, computing principles are highlighted, so Bebras can be educational for you as a teacher too.
The annual Bebras Challenge is only one part of the equation: questions from previous years are available as a resource that you can use to create self-marking quizzes for your classes. You can use these materials throughout the year to help you to deliver the computational thinking part of your curriculum!