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Beaver Computing Challenge

Instructions for BCC Supervisors


Before the Challenge

  1. If your school has never participated in any CEMC contests before, register your school by filling out the New School Registration Form.
  2. Students may write at most one of the Grade 7/8 Beaver Computing Challenge and the Grade 9/10 Beaver Computing Challenge.
  3. Register for the BCC online. You will be asked for the number of students participating in the challenge. Be sure to check that your e-mail address is correctly recorded as the Contest Manager Email. The fee is $2.00 per student.
  4. Arrange for the challenge to be held during the week of the challenge. Each participating student will need access to a webbrowser connected to the internet. **
  5. Approximately one week before the challenge, you will be e-mailed a list of userids and passwords. One userid and password will be assigned to you personally giving you the chance to try out the challenge and system in advance.

Day of the Challenge

  1. Distribute the userids and passwords.
  2. Explain the format of the challenge. There are 15 multiple-choice questions. The challenge is graded out of a total of 90 marks: 5 questions in Part A worth 8 marks each, 5 questions in Part B worth 6 marks each, and 5 questions in Part C worth 4 marks each. Two marks are awarded for not answering a question up to a maximum of 6 unanswered questions
  3. Instruct students to visit the Online Challenge Grader website and follow the directions listed there.
  4. Ask students to carefully provide their name, grade and gender as instructed.
  5. Proctor the challenge. The system will give each student exactly 45 minutes to answer the 15 questions. Teachers can provide scrap paper and pens/pencils to students to assist them in solving the problems. Most calculators are permitted.

After the Challenge

  1. Results will be e-mailed to you approximately one week after the challenge. Certificates of Participation and Certificates of Distinction will be attached.
  2. The names of top-scoring students among all those participating in the competition will be posted online.
  3. Solutions will be available online. They will include Connections to Computer Science outlining how the problems are related to computer science and its applications.

** Normally, schools will run the BCC on one of the five days during the week of the challenge. However, if schools have large enrollment and/or limited lab space, they may run the challenge on multiple days. Please do your best to limit the interaction between students who have completed the challenge and those that have yet to complete the challenge. The BCC emphasizes participation over competition.