Bebras is an international computational thinking challenge which aims to promote computer science and computational thinking among kids. In Australia the BEBRAS challenge is funded by the government and run by CSIRO.
What is computational thinking?
The Australian Curriculum defines computational thinking as a problem-solving method that involves various techniques and strategies that can be implemented by digital systems. Techniques and strategies may include organising data logically, breaking down problems into parts, defining abstract concepts and designing and using algorithms, patterns and models.
Learning to code and developing computational thinking will equip children for a future where digital technologies will drive nearly every aspect of daily life.
Computational thinking does not have to involve computers. Using patterns, writing procedures and even knowing how to disregard irrelevant information when solving a problem, are all skills that we can learn without computers.