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28 February 2019

The Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge is a free online challenge for students in Years 3 to 12

So what are the top five things you need to know about computational thinking?

1. Computational thinking is an essential skill for the future

Jobs in all industries require computational thinking skills. In fact, Industry uses the principles of computational thinking to solve most of its challenges. As the world becomes increasingly digital, the demand for computational thinking will only increase. For this reason, it's important that we foster computational thinking skills in Australia's students and future science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professionals, so that they're well prepared for the jobs of the future.

2. Computational thinking creates better problem solvers

When you're faced with a complex problem, most people agree that it's best to break the issue down into small parts and solve each part in an analytical way. You eat a (hypothetical!) elephant carefully – one planned bite at a time. Because computational thinking can be applied to so many tricky tasks, learning this skill creates better problem solvers.

3. Computational thinking is made up of six different skills

4. Computational thinking leads to students being creators, rather than only consumers, of technology

Thanks to the Information and Telecommunications age, the way we learn and consume knowledge has been totally transformed. Digital technologies and social media have revolutionised student learning. Now, we don't just passively consume content, we can also collaborate with others to create our own technology. In much the same way, computational thinking skills change students' interactions with technology — they can be designers, creators and consumers.

5. Computational thinking is easy to teach and fun to learn

Foundational programs that encourage and excite students to undertake further STEM learning and pursue a STEM career have never been more important. The Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge is a free online challenge for students in years three to 12. Bebras is designed to improve computational thinking skills and prepare students for the jobs of the future. It starts this Monday 4 March, and it's not too late for your school to sign up! Check out Bebras now.

Read more about computational thinking.

Register for the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge: 4 – 15 March.

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