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The machine learning effect: Magic boxes and computational thinking 2.0

Reading Time: 10 minutes How does teaching children and young people about machine learning (ML) differ from teaching them about other aspects of computing? Professor Matti Tedre and Dr Henriikka Vartiainen from the University of Eastern Finland shared some answers at our latest research seminar. Their presentation, titled ‘ML education for K-12: emerging trajectories’, had a profound impact on […]

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Take part in the UK Bebras Challenge 2021 for schools!

Reading Time: 3 minutes The annual UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge is back to provide fun, brain-teasing puzzles for schools from 8 to 19 November! In the free Bebras Challenge, your students get to practise their computational thinking skills while solving a set of accessible, puzzling, and engaging tasks over 40 minutes. It’s tailored for age groups from 6 […]

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Join the UK Bebras Challenge 2020 for schools!

Reading Time: 3 minutes The annual UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge for schools, brought to you by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Oxford University, is taking place this November! The Bebras Challenge is a great way for your students to practise their computational thinking skills while solving exciting, accessible, and puzzling questions. Usually this 40-minute challenge would take place […]

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Embedding computational thinking skills in our learning resources

Reading Time: 3 minutes Learning computing is fun, creative, and exploratory. It also involves understanding some powerful ideas about how computers work and gaining key skills for solving problems using computers. These ideas and skills are collected under the umbrella term ‘computational thinking’. When we create our online learning projects for young people, we think as much about how […]

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Testing young children’s computational thinking

Reading Time: 5 minutes Computational thinking (CT) comprises a set of skills that are fundamental to computing and being taught in more and more schools across the world. There has been much debate about the details of what CT is and how it should be approached in education, particularly for younger students.  In our research seminar this week, we […]

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation and Bebras

Reading Time: 3 minutes We are delighted to announce a new partnership that will ensure the long-term growth and success of the free, annual UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. ‘Bebras’ means ‘beaver’ in Lithuanian; Prof. Valentina Dagiene named the competition after this hard-working, intelligent, and lively animal. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has teamed up with Oxford University to support […]