InSPECT 2019/2021
The Bebras Challenge is the inspiration and basis for many of the resources created by the PACT team (the Bebras initiative is explained at the bottom of the page). The following PACT materials are currently available for download:



New for June 2021: summer-themed tasks

Notes on difficulty:
  • The first two tasks are pitched at 8+ year olds, the next two at 10+ year olds, the next three at 12+ year olds, and the full set of ten tasks would be appropriate for 14+ year olds.
  • There is no upper age limit, so even LC students will find them a useful opportunity to discuss the most appropriate strategy for each task.
Ten tasks with a summer theme; PDF versions of individual tasks:




New for March 2021: Easter quiz and tasks

Notes on difficulty:
  • The first task is pitched at 8+ year olds, the next two at 10+ year olds, and the full set of five tasks would be appropriate for 12+ year olds.
  • There is no upper age limit, so second-level TY students will still find them enjoyable, and even LC students will find them a useful opportunity to discuss the most appropriate strategy for each task.
An Easter-themed quiz with five tasks; publicly available online:
Quiz (5 tasks) for 12+ year olds (copy this link https://forms.gle/XuqWW4XFA5HnMVjS9 and send to your pupils)

PDF versions of individual tasks:



New for March 2021: St. Patrick's Day quiz and tasks

Notes on difficulty:
  • The first task is pitched at 8+ year olds, the next two at 10+ year olds, and the full set of five tasks would be appropriate for 12+ year olds.
  • There is no upper age limit, so second-level TY students will still find them enjoyable, and even LC students will find them a useful opportunity to discuss the most appropriate strategy for each task.
A St. Patrick's Day -themed quiz with five tasks; publicly available online:
Quiz (5 tasks) for 12+ year olds (copy this link https://forms.gle/SF6eeUDRu5jPSD9p8 and send to your pupils)

PDF versions of individual tasks:



Nua don 1 Márta 2021: Tascanna Smaointeoireachta Ríomhaireachtúla do Sheachtain na Gaeilge (seachtain 2)

Mar chuid de Sheachtain na Gaeilge, tá tascanna Bebras á gcur ar fáil as Gaeilge ag foireann PACT, i gcomhar le Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge, Ollscoil Mhá Nuad. Scaoilfear naoi thasc in aghaidh na seachtaine, do choicís na féile. Tá súil againn go mbainfidh sibh idir thaitneamh agus tairbhe astu. Táimid ag obair linn i gcónaí ar thascanna Gaeilge a chur ar fáil. Coinnígí súil ar an suíomh gréasáin le haghaidh tuilleadh acu.

Notes on difficulty:
  • The tasks are in increasing order of mathematical difficulty.
  • For native Irish readers, the mathematical challenge is suitable for 8+ year olds, and the full set of 9 tasks is suitable for 12+ year olds.
  • There is no upper age limit, so second-level students will still find some tasks challenging.
  • For most teachers, their pupils' standard of Irish will determine which tasks are suitable, and how much assistance they should provide.

PDF versions of individual tasks:

Note: English translations of these tasks can be found in our CT Obstacle Course 1 "Ice cream".


Nua don 22 Feabhra 2021: Tascanna Smaointeoireachta Ríomhaireachtúla do Sheachtain na Gaeilge (seachtain 1)

Mar chuid de Sheachtain na Gaeilge, tá tascanna Bebras á gcur ar fáil as Gaeilge ag foireann PACT, i gcomhar le Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge, Ollscoil Mhá Nuad. Scaoilfear naoi thasc in aghaidh na seachtaine, do choicís na féile. Tá súil againn go mbainfidh sibh idir thaitneamh agus tairbhe astu. Táimid ag obair linn i gcónaí ar thascanna Gaeilge a chur ar fáil. Coinnígí súil ar an suíomh gréasáin le haghaidh tuilleadh acu.

Notes on difficulty:
  • The tasks are in increasing order of mathematical difficulty.
  • For native Irish readers, the mathematical challenge is suitable for 8+ year olds, and the full set of 9 tasks is suitable for 12+ year olds.
  • There is no upper age limit, so second-level students will still find some tasks challenging.
  • For most teachers, their pupils' standard of Irish will determine which tasks are suitable, and how much assistance they should provide.

PDF versions of individual tasks:

Note: English translations of these tasks can be found in our CT Obstacle Course 1 "Ice cream".



New for February 2021: St. Valentine's Day quiz and tasks

Notes on difficulty:
  • The first three tasks are pitched at 8+ year olds, and the full set of five tasks is pitched at 12+ year olds.
  • There is no upper age limit, so second-level TY students will still find them enjoyable, and even LC students will find them a useful opportunity to discuss the most appropriate strategy for each task.
A Valentine's Day -themed quiz with five tasks; publicly available online:
Quiz (3 tasks) for 8+ year olds (copy this link https://forms.gle/FsjUahc7aETojeXt6 and send to your pupils)
Quiz (5 tasks) for 12+ year olds (copy this link https://forms.gle/KvYNEhyeUyyKivQq7 and send to your pupils)

PDF versions of individual tasks:



New for December 2020: Twelve Tasks of Christmas

Notes on difficulty:
  • The tasks are in increasing order of difficulty.
  • The median difficulty level is pitched at 12-year-olds working together in groups of three.
  • We suggest the first few tasks could be read to pupils as young as second class primary school, and the final few could still be enjoyed by secondary school TY students.



New for November 2020: Full CT Obstacle course available

CT Obstacle Course 1 "Ice cream"



New for November 2020: Questionnaire - please assist us

Teachers and Principals, please consider completing our questionnaire to allow us plan the most suitable way to support your school during 2020-21. The questionnaire serves as provisional pre-booking for our school visits and workshops. We will also prioritise development and distribution of our materials based on feedback received. Link to questionnaire



During our current SFI-funded project, we hope to develop the following teaching materials. All of our materials will be free to download by our network of teachers for non-commercial use in the classroom.

• Active CT - Computational thinking through physical activities
• CT Class Quizzes - Computational thinking class quizzes
• CT Workbook - Computational thinking homework sheets Draft sample pages
• CT Games - Web-based computational thinking games
• CT Lesson Plans - Developed in partnership with teachers

To request early access to the material as it is developed, join our mailing list by emailing us at pact@mu.ie. Solutions for the Obstacle Course are available for verified teachers from this email address also. We greatly appreciate your feedback so we can make our materials better and more useful. We would also like to demonstrate to our funders that our resources were used in schools across Ireland.

International Bebras Bebras ® (www.bebras.org), founded by Prof. Valentina Dagienė, Vilnius University, Lithuania, is an international initiative to promote computational thinking among primary and secondary students. It designs one of the most popular gender-balanced computer science-related activities for primary and secondary school students worldwide: the annual Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge (3 million participants from 54 countries last year alone, see Bebras statistics).

Bebras Ireland Tech Week 2021 ICS Foundation The Irish Computer Society (ICS) Foundation is the National Bebras Organiser for Ireland. The ICS Foundation organises the Bebras Ireland challenge as part of its Tech Week activities. Since 2016, PACT members have been the Ireland representatives to the annual International Bebras Task Workshop where tasks for the subsequent international Bebras Challenges are developed. Bebras Ireland tasks created by the PACT team have been translated into tens of different languages by overseas national Bebras organisations and tackled by hundreds of thousands of primary and secondary students worldwide.