Problem Solving Olympics: An Inclusive Education Model for Learning Informatics

  • Roberto Borchia
  • Antonella CarbonaroEmail author
  • Giorgio Casadei
  • Luca Forlizzi
  • Michael Lodi
  • Simone Martini
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11169)


The paper presents the Olimpiadi di Problem Solving, a mild and inclusive competition aimed to promote computational thinking and general problem-solving in Italian schools. We describe motivation, teaching strategies behind the initiative, as well as its structure, organization and give some sample of the problems proposed to students. We also present some data that show the broad participation of Italian schools to the initiative, and a preliminary analysis of the results obtained by the students in the last 5 editions, which suggests that the competition fosters deep learning of computational thinking knowledge and skills.


Inclusive competitions Computational thinking Problem-solving 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberto Borchia
    • 1
  • Antonella Carbonaro
    • 2
    Email author
  • Giorgio Casadei
    • 2
  • Luca Forlizzi
    • 3
  • Michael Lodi
    • 2
    • 4
  • Simone Martini
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Istituto Tecnico Industriale “Q. Sella”BiellaItaly
  2. 2.Dip. di Informatica–Scienza e IngegneriaUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly
  3. 3.Dip. di Ingegneria e Scienze dell’Informazione e MatematicaUniversità dell’AquilaL’AquilaItaly
  4. 4.INRIA Sophia-AntipolisValbonneFrance

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