Bebras

Bebras

The Challenge BEBRAS aims to attract all school age children, especially girls in science and technology and to engage them into computer sciences (Informatics or Computing), computational thinking, engineering and maths (STEM). The network is pledging to:

  1. Develop common framework and methodology for informatics curricula for schools;
  2. Provide trainings for Informatics teachers;
  3. Organize easily accessible and highly motivational annual online Informatics and computational thinking challenges in EU countries and beyond.
  4. Share best practice and to promote BEBRAS to the rest of EU countries, which is not part of it yet (Denmark, and Luxembourg, also we have problems with Spain).

Born in Lithuania, in 2004, BEBRAS Informatics promotion initiative has quickly spread across Europe and is a really international motion now. Currently 26 EU countries and 38 other are involved with their own BEBRAS challenge. In year 2018 more than 2 million school students participated in this initiative. Other countries are planning to join in 2019: Denmark, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Mexico, Syria, Philippines, and Uzbekistan. Since the beginning already more than 10 million children have taken part in BEBRAS challenge.

Last update: 10/12/2018
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Pledge Category

Digital skills in education

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/05/2017
End date: 31/12/2020

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: NO
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Bebras

BEBRAS is a collaborative international network aimed to promote Informatics among primary, secondary and high school students and teachers.

Qualitative Impact

The initiative BEBRAS is the non-formal education activity on Informatics and Computational thinking with the largest audience. BEBRAS is becoming highly successful in reaching broad audience of children in all European countries and internationally.
• High level children engagement, especially for girls. The typical national BEBRAS challenge has a participation of 40-50% females in the younger age groups (ages 10-14). This is enormous, compared to female participation rates of 10% or even much lower in typical programming contests.
• A large number of teachers across Europe are involved. Teachers can make use of the BEBRAS challenge to promote their Informatics classes and motivate students for deeper technology studies.
• BEBRAS helps to encourage both talents and their promoters (IT teachers) to proceed from an initial encounter with Informatics to further, more engaging computer science activities.
• This is European (born in Lithuania) initiative which leads international network of Informatics educators, promoting information exchange and new ideas.
• The international task workshops organized annually are an important occasion to exchange ideas and know-how on Informatics education among countries. The BEBRAS tasks itself represent an international consensus on the central topics of Informatics to be taught and conveyed to the youth.
• Novel and attractive approach in Informatics education. Newly developed tasks are shared and tested in a pan-European context by teachers.

Quantitative Impact

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

We will have 15th Bebras community meeting (workshop) in Hungary (in May, 2019). Also preparing set of tasks for 16th International BEBRAS weeks in November in 2019.

Greece, Malta and Portugal are accepted as observer of the Bebras community.
Denmark are planning to install Bebras challenge in their country.

Milestones

Milestone name Completion date Status
Kick off meeting and detailed project planning in Italy. 31/05/2017 Completed
Task set formation is completed 31/08/2017 Completed
The 13th International BEBRAS weeks (November 2017) to be run in 50 (or more) countries. 15/11/2017 Completed
The BEBRAS final award ceremonies 28/02/2018 Completed
The 13th BEBRAS task creative workshop –meeting for researchers/ teachers will take place in Italy, Brescia 02/06/2018 On Track
The 15th International BEBRAS task creation workshop – meeting for researchers/teachers will take place in Hungary. 15/05/2019 On Track
The 16th International BEBRAS weeks (November 2019) to be run in 60 (or more) countries. 04/11/2019 On Track
Regular the Bebras Board meetings and detailed project planning: online, each month 31/12/2019 On Track
The 16th International BEBRAS task creation workshop – meeting for researchers/teachers will take place in South Korea. 15/05/2020 On Track
The 17th International BEBRAS weeks (November 2020) to be run in 60 (or more) countries. 09/11/2020 On Track