VIENNA, Austria – October 14, 2015 – The winner of the Informatics Europe 2015 Best Practices in Education Award is the Bebras “International Challenge on Informatics and Computational Thinking”, proposed by Prof. Dr. Valentina Dagiene (Vilnius University, Lithuania) and Dr. Wolfgang Pohl (BWINF, Germany) on behalf of the Bebras community.
The Award, organised annually by Informatics Europe and sponsored by Microsoft Research, was presented at a special ceremony held in Vienna, Austria, during the 2015 European Computer Science Summit, where the award winners presented the impact and results of their project. Bebras (www.bebras.org) is an international initiative organising an easily accessible and highly motivating on-line contest to promote computational thinking with teachers, pupils and the general public. Founded in Lithuania in 2004, it has grown rapidly to attract over 900,000 participants in 24 European and nine other countries around the world. “The Bebras community was selected for the tremendous success the project has seen in increasing awareness and encouraging positive attitudes towards informatics at school across many countries,” comments Steve Furber, Professor at the University of Manchester and Chair of this year’s Award Committee.
The award winner was selected from ten outstanding award nominations. “We have been particularly impressed by the quality of the nominations and the vibrant and diverse initiatives they describe aimed at promoting informatics in schools”, mentions Steve Furber.
In line with its mission to foster and promote teaching quality in informatics, Informatics Europe presents the annual “Best Practices in Education Award”. The Award recognizes outstanding European educational initiatives that improve the quality of informatics teaching and the attractiveness of the discipline, and that can be applied beyond their institutions of origin. The 2015 award program focuses on initiatives promoting Informatics education in primary and secondary schools. “Microsoft is proud to be associated with this initiative. Involving children in all aspects of computing early on is the best way to ensure that they will continue in the discipline as a career.” says Judith Bishop, Director of Computer Science, Microsoft Research.
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