BEBRAS is a collaborative international network aimed to promote Informatics among primary, secondary and high school students and teachers. It 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:
1) to develop common framework and methodology for informatics curricula;
2) to provide trainings for Informatics teachers;
3) to organize easily accessible and highly motivational annual online Informatics contests in EU countries and beyond.
4) to share best practice and to promote BEBRAS to the rest (8) 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 20 EU countries and 8 other are involved with their own BEBRAS contest. In year 2013 more than 0.7 million students participated in this initiative. Other countries planning to join in 2014 are: Australia, Cyprus, Republic of South Africa, Serbia, South Korea, and USA. Since the beginning already around 5 million children (80% from Europe) have taken part in BEBRAS competitions.
The following are some of the project's advantages and expected outcomes:
- Reach a broad audience of children in all European countries and internationally.
- Engage girls in ICT. The typical national BEBRAS contest has a participation of 40-50% females in the younger age groups (ages 10-14).
- Involve a large number of teachers across Europe. Teachers can make use of the BEBRAS contest to promote their Informatics classes and motivate students for deeper technology studies.
- Create an international network of informatics educators, promoting information exchange and new ideas.