Bebras (Beaver) born in Vilnius University – Lithuania by the Professor Valentina Daghiene. Bebras is an international initiative whose goal is to promote Informatics (Computer Science or Computing) and Computational thinking especially among teachers and pupils of all ages, but also to the public at large by extent.
The contest is made of a set of short questions called Bebras tasks. These tasks can be answered without prior knowledge about Informatics, but are clearly related to Informatics concepts. To solve these tasks, pupils are required to think in and about information, discrete structures, computation, data processing, but they also must use algorithmic concepts. Each Bebras task can both demonstrate an aspect of Informatics and test the talent of the participant, regarding Informatics.
The Bebras initiative contains two main events:
1) An International Workshop that takes place in May-June is organized to develop new tasks.
2) National Contests are organized at the same time in autumn in all the countries that joined Bebras (named the
Bebras countries), usually the second or third week of November (named the Bebras week).
It is clear that, in addition to the contest targeted to young pupils, the Bebras initiative is also to reach a lot of other people, with the same goal. Computers and other technological devices being ubiquitous nowadays, it is important to make the public aware of Informatics, not only as a technology but also as the science to educate them and make their experience with technology better.