Figure 1. Computational Thinking Webinar Poster
Literally, “Bebras” is a Lithuanian word, which means “otter” in Indonesian. Prof. Valentina Dagiene from the University of Vilnius, Lithuania is the one who initiated the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, which is currently being participated by more than 55 countries around the world. Bebras is an international initiative whose aim is to promote Computational Thinking, among teachers and students starting at the elementary level, as well as for the wider community. The way to promote it is to organize online competition activities, which are known as the “Bebras Challenge”. Bebras’ challenge is not just to win. In addition to competing, the Bebras challenge also aims to make students learn Computational Thinking during and after the competition. In Indonesia, the competition can be held in schools that have enough computers, or at the supervisory universities. (https://bebras.or.id/)
Bebras opens registration as bureau members or representatives of universities voluntarily so that the so-called Bebras bureau at the University is a lecturer who becomes a bureau voluntarily and assists Bebras activities. Harsa Wara Prabawa, M.Pd is one of the Bebras bureaus of the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia who is actively involved in introducing Computational Thinking.
The Rumah Belajar of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FPMIPA) Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) was only formed at the end of 2021 as a place to share Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Rumah Belajar of FPMIPA UPI which has the motto “Learning Everywhere, Question Everything” held an Education webinar on Sunday, February 13, 2022 with the theme “The Importance of Computational Thinking Towards Society 5.0 Era” with the speaker being Harsa Wara Prabawa, M.Pd. who is one of the lecturers in the UPI Computer Science Education Study Program. Hopefully with knowledge sharing programs like this, Computational Thinking will be more widely known in Indonesia by the public.
Writer: Rosa A. S.