Steven Turner

Bebras Results are available

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Dear Coordinators,

We have graded the March 2016 Bebras Challenge and the results are now available.

We have also uploaded the 2016 Solutions Guide to the Documents section in the Coordinators corner on the Bebras Server. There, you will find a very detailed analysis of Bebras 2016 (ranking, percentiles, participation numbers, results per question, etc), together with the certificates template, should you need to manually generate student certificates, for example because your students participated under a pseudonym. In the Coordinators corner, go to Export Files and click on ‘Download testimonials’ to download the system-generated student certificates.

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The students can log back into the system with their accounts to check their answers. The system now behaves differently, meaning that students can go back to the questions and answer them again, but this time the system will provide immediate feedback (review mode).

If you like, you can work with your students through the solutions guide, which has all the questions and all the answers.

Happy Easter,

Beatrix+Bruce

Bebras 2016: Server is Ready

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Dear Coordinators and Students,

The Bebras Server is now open.

We wish you all a great Computational Thinking experience over the next two weeks. Enjoy!

Please remember, that student accounts are only valid for one participation, but Coordinators can always create more student accounts, if needed. Also, please be aware that new co-ordinators can still register.

Warm Regards,
Bruce and Beatrix

2016 Registrations are open

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Dear Coordinators,

We wish you a very Happy New Year 2016. With the new Digital Technologies Curriculum now endorsed by the Education Ministers, we are eagerly preparing the next round of Bebras, which will start on March 14. We have uploaded the new 2016 Poster, Coordinators’ Handbook and Student Handbook to the server and you can find the documents on Dropbox or download them from the Bebras Challenge Server.

If you are a registered coordinator, you can start generating student accounts, as described in the Coordinators’ Handbook. If you would like to register as a coordinator, please go here.

To practice a bit with your students, please feel free to try our new Bebras 365 which is free and does not require logins.

We aim to hold a couple of webinars in the weeks leading up to March 14 and they will be announced soon. As always, feel free to reach out to us via the contact page if you have any questions.

More than 1 million students from over 30 countries participated in Bebras last year, with over 20,000 from Australia.

Warm Regards,

Bruce and Beatrix

When will results be available?

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Dear Coordinators,
We will grade the Bebras Challenge this week Saturday (Sept 19) in the morning and results will be available shortly thereafter.

After Bebras has been graded you will have access to the detailed results of your students and the certificates. The students will be able to log back into the system to see which questions they got right and which they haven’t. At that time, the system will behave differently, meaning that students can go back to the questions and answer them again, but this time the system will provide immediate feedback (review mode).

If you like, you can, in the meantime, work with your students through the solutions guide, which has all the questions and all the answers. The link is:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/z95wejrqopld5b1/2015%20Bebras%20Solution%20Guide.pdf?dl=0

Warm Regards,

Beatrix+Bruce

Bebras September Round

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Dear Coordinators,

The next round of Bebras kicks off on September 7. We will be using the same questions as in the March round. We will still be generating certificates that you can distribute to your students, but will not produce an honours roll this round. If you have students that have participated in March and want to participate again, please generate new accounts for them. Please let the system generate user IDs, as to avoid account duplication.

Students can participate in multiple age levels and receive a certificate for each participation. Each student account is valid for one participation, but coordinators can generate new accounts for those students and set the grade field accordingly (please see the coordinator handbook for details). The question catalogue for the years 3+4 and 5+6 are the same, so if you have students at these year levels, the next level up would be the 7+8s year level.

The solutions guide at
contains all the questions and information about in which year level they are being used. Some questions get re-used across the year levels, so the students who participate in multiple year levels will recognise some of the questions.
In any case, we wish your students much fun. Please remember that Bebras is not NAPLAN. Teamwork, talking and sharing of information (even cross teams) is allowed during Bebras and we would like students to enjoy the playful nature of solving problems.
Warm Regards,
Beatrix and Bruce

Bebras International

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Bebras Australia is member of the International Bebras Community of presently 36 countries. 2014 was our first year of Bebras in Australia and Australia is already amongst the top 20 Bebras countries by student participation. Each country maintains their own website. To visit them, please go to:

http://www.bebras.org/?q=countries

Warm Regards,

Bruce and Beatrix

Bebras Poster

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Dear Coordinators,

We have updated the Bebras Poster for the upcoming round of Bebras in September. You will find a link in the teacher section of the Website.

Warm Regards,

Beatrix and Bruce.

Instant Bebras

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Dear Teachers,

We’ve put the 2014 Bebras question catalogue into the open. You can use it to teach computational thinking in the classroom, discuss concepts with your students, or just as a creative element between lessons. The system gives immediate feedback when the students click on answers so no need to wait for grading.

The link is here.

Warm Regards,

Bruce and Beatrix.

 

Bebras Honour Roll

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We are excited to congratulate the top-scoring students from the March round of Bebras Australia. Well done to you and your 10,000 fellow students for your successful participation in Bebras. 

Years 3+4
Anais Siu, Bald Face Public School New South Wales
Jessica Conis Bald Face Public School, New South Wales
Benjamin Pirom, Bald Face Public School, New South Wales

Years 5+6
Jemeeka Leigh, Methodist Ladies’ College, Western Australia
Jade Alcock, Methodist Ladies’ College, Western Australia
Mackenzie Goiser, Queanbeyan South Public School, New South Wales
Dylan Selby, The Southport School, Queensland

Years 7+8
Nathania Yong, Presbyterian Ladies College, Victoria
Hari Arvind Prasanna, Mansfield State High School, Queensland
Ivan Varghese, Mansfield State High School, Queensland

Years 9+10
Dheanna Eller, Emanuel School, New South Wales
Sienna Amoils, Emanuel School, New South Wales
Peter Snelson, William Carey Christian School, New South Wales
Brandon Hodges, William Carey Christian School, New South Wales
Samuel Roth, William Carey Christian School, New South Wales
Alex Thomas, The Friends’ School, Tasmania
Lachlan Pouw, Eltham High School, Victoria
Luke Woodhouse, Ferny Grove State High School, Queensland
Max Collison, McKinnon Secondary College, Victoria
Riley Meredith-Vincent, Ferny Grove State High School, Queensland
Zack Fertjowski, Ferny Grove State High School, Queensland
Dante Petrin, Macarthur Anglican School, New South Wales
Sam Macdonald, Macarthur Anglican School, New South Wales

Years 11+12
Aleisha Herington, Guilford Young College, Tasmania
Daniel Radomsky, Emanuel School, New South Wales
Daniel Rosengarten, Emanuel School, New South Wales
Izaac Marsh, Grafton High School, New South Wales
Luc Johnston, Grafton High School, New South Wales
Nathan Short, Grafton High School, New South Wales
Nathaniel Knoll, Emanuel School, New South Wales
Ryan Shenfield, Emanuel School, New South Wales
Thomas Grantley-Davies, Grafton High School, New South Wales
Bradley Anderson, Bradfield Senior College, New South Wales
Joshua Burn, Bradfield Senior College, New South Wales
Nicholas Whittaker, McKinnon Secondary College, Victoria
Davis Allie Guilford, Young College, Tasmania
Maisen Lockyer, Guilford Young College, Tasmania

Warm Regards,
Bruce and Beatrix

Mathematics Teachers: ‘fantastic competition’, ‘excellent problem solving opportunities’

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Dear all,

We are very proud of our amazing ICT teachers who organise the Bebras Challenge at their schools all around Australia!

We would like to share a letter we received from Gary Kenworthy and Shirley Munro, teachers at Aquinas College (VIC), and sincerely thank them for their support!


 The Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge started in 2014 to enable Australian primary and secondary school students to have looking at the area of computational thinking in a fun and problem orientated way. “Bebras” is the Lithuanian word for “Beaver” and this animal was chosen as the Bebras mascot because of its hard working and persistent nature. In 2014, almost 1 million students from all over the world took part in the Bebras challenge 10,000 of these students were from Australia.

The Year 9 Gaming course has been focussing on Computational Thinking this year and so it was decided to give them an opportunity to take part in the Bebras challenge.

Photo1The challenge can be undertaken individually or in groups and with this being a first attempt, the students chose to work in groups chosen by themselves. The problems are set at various year levels and within each year level the problems are categorised into levels of difficulty with A being the easiest and C being the most difficult. Students are awarded marks for getting the questions correct 6 points for category A, 9 points for category B and 12 points for category C.

Once signed up with Bebras, the students log in and are given 45 minutes to work through the problems before the timer locks them out. They are free to skip problems and go back to them later. Working in groups had its advantages and disadvantages. For some of the more difficult problems, it was great to see the students working together to come up with possible solutions. It also provided an opportunity for one students to be planning out the problem on paper whilst others focussed on the onscreen solution. The disadvantage was that some students took a back seat and left the bulk of the work to others in their group. This is not necessarily a bad thing as students will often find themselves working in groups and should try to develop strategies that will engage all group members.

Having completed the challenge with Year 9 students, it became apparent that this project would be highly suitable for students studying Mathematics. As a result, Mr Gary Kenworthy signed up his Enriched Mathematics group for the challenge and his comments are below.

Photo2Shirley generously offered to assist my Year 8 Enriched Mathematics class in signing up for the Bebras challenge as a mathematics competition. This activity provided the students with an excellent problem solving based ICT activity. The range of questions offered excellent visual stimulus, and provided a great degree of variety in both challenge level and strategy. There was embedded literacy in the questions that also added another layer to the real world dimension of the questions.

I ran the activity in a format that had students working primarily individually, but they were allowed to speak to the people on either side of them, or ask me for help if they were not quite sure how to begin a specific question. This ‘phone a friend approach’ was positive and gave the students an ‘in’ on most of the questions. On the whole the students were thoroughly engaged in the activity and offered each other support when it was required.

Externally provided activities that provide excellent problem solving opportunities and also engage the students are a fantastic resource. I think that the Bebras Challenge ticked both of these boxes, and I would definitely like the classes I teach to be involved in future Bebras Challenge opportunities.

Shirley Munro, IT Teacher

Gary Kenworthy, Mathematics Teacher


Did you run or participate in Bebras at your school? Let us know what you think!

Cheers,

Bruce and Beatrix

 

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