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Australian Maths Trust

Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

DATE

Bebras occurs twice per year:

  • Round 1 Tuesday 23 April to Thursday 9 May 2024 
  • Round 2 Tuesday 8 to Thursday 24 October 2024 

While you don’t need to participate in Round 1 to participate in Round 2, it’s greatly encouraged in order to test your students’ computational and algorithmic thinking skills

TIME

60 minutes for Middle Primary Years 3 and 4, and 45 minutes for all other divisions

Cost

FREE

Bebras is a fun and engaging computational thinking challenge for students in Years 3 to 12. It is an international challenge that involves over 2.9 million students from 60 countries.  

Coding skills are not required to complete the Bebras Challenge. The challenge is open twice a year for three weeks and each round has different questions. Students can participate individually or in teams of up to four. 

Lithuanian for beaver, Bebras was the name chosen by the founder of the challenge, Professor Valentina Dagiene from the University of Vilnius, in honour of the animal’s collaborative nature and strong work ethic. 

The Challenge is coordinated by the International Bebras Committee which meets annually to assess potential questions and share resources. Bebras Australia began in 2014 and was delivered by CSIRO until 2023. From 2024, the AMT is delivering the Bebras Challenge in Australia. 

With support from CSIRO, the AMT will provide the Bebras Challenge free of charge for Australian schools in 2024.

Key Dates

Entries close Round 1:

Thursday 9 May 2024, 12 pm AET

Entries open Round 2:

Friday 10 May 2024

Entries close Round 2:

Thursday 24 October 2024, 12 pm AET

Students may participate on any day during the challenge period and must complete the challenge within the allotted time.

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Divisions

  • Middle Primary – Australian Years 3 and 4
  • Upper Primary – Australian Years 5 and 6
  • Junior – Australian Years 7 and 8
  • Intermediate – Australian Years 9 and 10
  • Senior – Australian Years 11 and 12

Topics

Vary each year

Delivery

Online

 

Question and Answer Format

15 questions – combination of multiple choice, integer and interactive responses.

Teacher Resources

We have a range of teacher resources to support your engagement with the Bebras Challenge. You don’t need to register for the Challenge to access these resources.  

Bebras 365

All past challenges are accessible at any time without student or teacher login access.

Bebras 365 is a free online resource for teachers and students wanting to try the Bebras Challenge in their own time, at any time of the year.

Bebras 365 includes all the past Bebras Challenges available as an online challenge that you can access without a student or teacher login. Bebras 365 includes more than 12 different challenges for each of the five divisions.  

Access Bebras 365 here.

Bebras Mini Challenges

Short challenges based on key algorithmic thinking skills, accessible at any time without student or teacher login access.

Bebras Minis Challenges are free online resources for teachers and students wanting to try a short challenge in their own time, at any time of the year. 

Each Challenge focuses on a different computational thinking skill. There are three different Mini Challenges for primary, middle school, and senior students. 

Access Bebras Mini Challenges here.

Bebras Unplugged

Print friendly learning resources to use in the classroom or at home. 

Bebras Unplugged are free offline resources that can be used at home or in the classroom. 

Access Bebras Unplugged here.

Bebras Solutions Guides

Downloadable pdfs of past challenges, solutions and curriculum guide. 

Access Solutions Guides here.

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Scoring System

The level of difficulty of a question determines how it will be scored.  

Easy questions are worth 6 marks, medium questions are worth 9 marks, and hard questions are worth 12 marks.  

Each challenge has 15 questions with the highest possible score being 135 marks. 

Incorrect and unanswered questions are awarded zero points. 

Award Criteria

All students receive an award according to the criteria below. Students who receive a perfect score are provided with a certificate of excellence. 

Excellence 

135 marks

High Distinction

114-134 marks 

Distinction

102-113 marks 

Credit

87-101 marks 

Merit

60-86 marks

Participation

0-59 marks 

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