BEBRAS is an international initiative aiming to promote Informatics (Computer Science, or Computing) and computational thinking among school students at all ages. Participants are usually supervised by teachers who may integrate the BEBRAS challenge in their teaching activities. The challenge is performed at schools using computers or mobile devices.
Computers have the potential to enhance the way people think and can change the patterns of access to their knowledge. Computational thinking is broadly defined as a collection of cognitive and creative problem-solving skills that include (but are not limited to) recognizing patterns, breaking down a bigger problem into smaller parts and formulating problems in a way that is easier for a computer to solve more efficiently. Computational Thinking is becoming parcel of our everyday lives and is not that easy to ignore. These skills are sought by the employers in every sector ranging from arts and humanities, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and business, not just in technology. We envision Computational Thinking to be an essential part of every child’s education.
Objective of Bebras
- To cultivate student’s creativity, logical reasoning ability, algorithmic and computational thinking skills.
- To facilitate a deeper understanding of the world around the learner and to solve everyday problems by leveraging the power of computers and information technology.
- To introduce computational thinking as a fundamental skill of the 21st-century learning, just like reading, writing and arithmetic skills.
- To encourage students to learn the computational concepts and ideas that they can use to approach their everyday living and not just computer software and hardware.
- To break free from the concept that informatics and computational thinking is exclusive to those in technology. To do this, we encourage this contest as a part of a transformative learning culture for every child.
- You can find more information about the contest in the following pages:
- International Bebras contest website