Every November the international Bebras®Computing Challenge is run to motivate students to problem-solve based on informatics concepts. The Challenge is made of a set of timed short questions called Bebras® tasks and are delivered and completed online. Tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about computational thinking or information and communication technology, but are clearly related to computational thinking concepts. Participants get 45 minutes to answer 15 multiple-choice questions that focus on computational and logical thinking. The Bebras® Computing Challenge is an international competition — in 2016 over 1,610,000 students from 34 countries took part.
This year was Ireland’s first year to take part in the Bebras® Computing Challenge which was launched by the Irish Computer Society Foundation and supported by Science Foundation Ireland and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Students in Carrabane National School participated in this challenge in November and we were delighted when four of our students, Aoife Keane, Daniel Egan, Mark Cormican and Vivienne Rushe qualified for the National Bebras Finals. These finals took place last Saturday, 22nd April in NUI, Maynooth and we were thrilled to learn that Vivienne Rushe scored highest in her category at the National Finals. Congratulations to Vivienne on an outstanding achievement. We are very proud of all of our students who reached the finals and congratulate them on this achievement. And remember, this challenge will take place again in November so keep practising and it could be you next time!