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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

Computational thinking with Bebras is back!

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As first featured on http://www.geekinsydney.com/. 

Australia’s largest student computational thinking / computer science challenge returns September 7-18, 2015.

Bebras is a challenge to promote Computational Thinking and computer science among primary and secondary students (years 3-12). The purpose is to expose students to computer science and logic concepts without the need for prior digital technology/coding knowledge. Over 20,000 Australian students have participated in Bebras since 2014.

To solve the tasks, students are required to think about logic, digital technologies, discrete structures, computation, data processing, and algorithmic concepts. Students can work in teams and find solving the problems very rewarding. In case all that leaves you uncertain, the Bebras website has some very clear examples of what’s involved – it’s not nearly as threatening as it might sound.

Bebras is free for schools and is delivered online and in class within one school hour (45-60 min). Teachers choose when their students participate in the challenge (between 7-18 Sept). Students from Year 3-12, participate in age categories. No prior computing/ICT knowledge is required.

Bebras is a  great idea coordinated by Digital Careers. Getting students to understand how to break computer science problems up and solve them is the pivotal element in moving them on to coding – as well as just being all-round good for their thinking.

For all the computationally-thought-through details point your browser at: www.bebras.edu.au.

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

Year 8 is the drop off point for girls in IT: Digital Careers

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Encouraging girls to study careers in technology towards the end of high school could be too late, according to research by Digital Careers, which looked at the participation of girls in this year’s.

The independent organisation, which promotes careers in technology, conducted research on the 20,000 students who participated in this year’s challenge, across 300 schools all around Australia.

It found that participation of girls was consistently strong up until Years 7 and 8 where it started to drop off to 45 per cent of female participation, declining to 31 per cent in Years 9 and 10, and only 20 per cent in Years 11 and 12.

The results showed that the drop off point starts at Year 8, making it crucial to encourage girls to keep engaged and interested in IT early in their high school years rather than later.

“Although there has been a pattern identified amongst female students – a drop off in ICT subjects in high school – this result has given us the insight needed to further develop and work towards re-engaging girls in digital technologies,” said Digital Careers national director, Karsten Schulz.

“It is important that this trend is addressed and that students have the requisite skills to participate in the workforce of the future. At Digital Careers we take a dual approach of engaging with students through fun, experiential digital technology programs, as well as empowering teachers and educators through training and workshops.”

Last year, Digital Careers partnered with Bebras to include Australia in its challenge to encourage Australian students to get involved in learning technology skills.

“I find Bebras a great challenge for our kids and find it helps to promote computational thinking with our teachers and students. With the new Australian Digital Technologies curriculum now endorsed from next year, it is a great resource,” said Tony Hall, from William Carey Christian School in NSW.

NOTE: Originally published: http://www.cio.com.au/article/588684/year-8-drop-off-point-girls-it-digital-careers/

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.

 

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