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It’s Computational Thinking! Bebras Tasks in the Curriculum

  • Valentina Dagienė
  • Sue SentanceEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9973)

Abstract

Bebras is an award-winning, international contest and challenge in informatics that has been running for 12 years in primary and secondary schools, with 50 countries now participating. From a single contest-focused annual event the Bebras developed to a multifunctional challenge; an activities-based educational community-building network has grown up where the development of Bebras tasks has taken a very significant role. Bebras tasks present a motivating way to introduce computer science concepts to students as well as developing computational thinking skills. Tasks are categorized in terms of the concepts being covered, and each task includes an explanation of how the task relates to informatics. In this paper we propose that Bebras tasks can be used within the school curriculum (whether it is called informatics, computer science, computing or information technology) to promote computational thinking and provide teaching materials. We give examples of Bebras tasks that could be incorporated into the curriculum, and make recommendations for schools wishing to develop children’s computational thinking skills.

Keywords

Bebras contest Computational thinking Computer science education Informatics curriculum Informatics education Task solving 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors thank all members of the international Bebras community who took part in task development and in this way influenced the outcomes of this paper. In addition, we are grateful to Chris Roffey for the development of the UK Bebras Answer Booklet 2015 from which we have taken some ideas for explanation of the example tasks in this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vilnius University Institute of Mathematics and InformaticsVilniusLithuania
  2. 2.Department of Education and Professional StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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