Bebras

Bebras

Bebras aims to attract all school age children, especially girls in science and technology and to engage them into computer sciences (Informatics or Computing), 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 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. Within 2-3 years with EC assistance to engage them to join.

Born in Lithuania, in 2004, BEBRAS Informatics promotion initiative has quickly spread across Europe and is a really international motion now. Currently 24 EU countries and 26 other are involved with their own BEBRAS contest. In year 2015 more than 1.3 million students participated in this initiative. Other countries planning to join in 2017 are: Benin, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria. Since the beginning already around 7 million children (70% from Europe) have taken part in BEBRAS competitions.

Last update: 23/03/2017
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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 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 contest 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 contest 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 (LT born) initiative which leads international network of Informatics educators, promoting information exchange and new ideas.
• Regular task workshops organized are an important occasion to exchange ideas and know-how on Informatics education. 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

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Milestones

Milestone name Completion date Status
Kick off meeting and detailed project planning in Italy. 31/05/2017 N/A
Task set formation is completed 31/08/2017 N/A
The 13th International BEBRAS weeks (November 2017) to be run in 50 (or more) countries. 00/00/0000 N/A
The BEBRAS final award ceremonies 28/02/2018 N/A
The 13th BEBRAS task creative workshop –meeting for researchers/ teachers will take place in Italy, Brescia 02/06/2018 N/A