Bebras beaverToday marks the start of the 2017 Bebras Challenge, taking place from 6th – 17th November, the Bebras Computing Challenge s an international online motivational challenge designed to get students all over the world excited about computing and computational thinking and is run in over 40 countries. Over the next fortnight you can register your class for free and schedule a test at any time. The tests/challenges are made up of a set of fun and engaging short questions called Bebras tasks.  These tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about Informatics, but are clearly related to Informatics concepts. To solve those tasks, pupils are required to think in and about information, discrete structures, computation, data processing, but they also must use algorithmic concepts.

The word Bebras  is Lithuanian for ‘Beaver’, the protagonist of most Bebras tasks.  Bebras has been a huge success since it was founded in 2004, with over 1,400,000 students from 40 countries participating last year.

Bebras has challenges for five age categories, incorporating primary and secondary students (Ages 8-18). 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.

The Bebras Challenge in Ireland is organised by the ICS Foundation and you can find out more, try the mini-challenge or register your interest see

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