On your mark…get ready…COMPUTE!
In the enthusiasm and dedication to mathematical growth and thinking at the OJCS, we are bringing the Beaver Computer Challenge to all students grades 4 and above. Created by students, teachers, and professors from the University of Waterloo: The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, this contest is open to students around the country and around the world, and we are SO EXCITED to be participating this year!
The Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC) introduces Computer Science through problem based questions. Students require no prior knowledge about computing, but rather work toward problem solving and using those “hidden” computer science skills for hands on learning and experience.
The contest is a 45 minute timed experience that involves a total of 12 multiple choice questions at 3 different levels, A, B and C. “A” level being the easiest of the three, and then becoming more challenging with level “C.” Students complete the contest on their own devices, and are allowed a calculator and are encouraged to use pencil and paper to use the strategies taught in class to: draw a graph, make a table, draw a diagram etc.
There are two different levels of contests, one for grades 4-6 and another for grades 7-8. This ensures that the math curriculum and material provided is aligned with the contest material and methods of strategy and answers by grade cohorts.
This year, the Beaver Computer Challenge Contest will be conducted on NOVEMBER 9th 2021 at the OJCS. Grades 4-8 will be writing this contest on the same day during a scheduled time with their Mathematics teacher in class.
We are thrilled for our students to be a part of this exciting contest and experience. Students are encouraged to demonstrate participation over competition as they work toward improving their problem solving skills, as well as perhaps enticing some possible future computer programmers in our midst.