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BEBRAS COMPUTATIONAL THINKING CHALLENGE – TEACHING PROBLEM SOLVING

The Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge is a great resource to develop your learners to the pattern spotting and problem solving skills required for maths (and it also lends itself to cyber security education too!) The questions are in the form of engaging puzzles that start off relatively easy – so every student can have a go and should get something out of the competition.

Try out previous year’s challenges here.

Here is how Portlethen Academy engaged with the challenges.

The Bebras Challenge was actually the starting point for the Scottish Cyber Champions, the Greenwood Challengers – find out all about their journey here:

EMBEDDING CS IN MATHS WITH CODE.ORG EXAMPLES

There is so much maths in computing and that presents excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. Why not plan to introduce directional language through these engaging challenges form code.org? Learners simply drag blocks of ‘code’ together like jigsaw pieces to solve mathematical puzzles. There’s help videos and hints for each challenge and even an educator section to support you teaching it.

Here are some great places to start your maths/coding adventure:

Pre-reader challenges – Ice Age

The Ice Age-themed ‘pre-reader’ challenges only ask learners to use one or two blocks of code at a time and the directions are represented by arrows, so they can start to code without needing to read.

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Introducing directional words – Star Wars

This Star Wars-themed challenge introduces the use of directional words on screen. So as your learners develop confidence with directional language, they can try more challenging code too.

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Exploring degrees – Frozen

This Frozen-themed challenge introduces the use of degrees and angles to control the characters on screen.

Play it

CS UNPLUGGED

CS Unplugged

CS Unplugged is a collection of free teaching material that teaches Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. It has sections for educators, families and learners. The site is aimed at younger learners and introduces computing concepts without the need for computers – making it ideal for logic and problem solving activities in any class.

Visit CS Unplugged

CODE.ORG

code.org believes that every learners should have the opportunity to learn computing science. Their site has learning courses for educators to improve their own knowledge and games, projects and activities to engage learners in computing science. The games use block-based coding challenges to promote problem solving and start from their Pre-reader Express that uses arrows for directions and progresses to more challenging coding puzzles that require knowledge of angles.

Visit code.org

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