COMPUTATIONAL THINKING CHALLENGE

A student from Colyton Grammar School came first in computing challenge at the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University

Talented student Amelia P from Colyton Grammar School came first in her age group in a UK-wide computing competition – The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge – held at the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University on 11 February.

Reaching the final is an impressive achievement, as 41,372 students entered the first round of the Junior age group category (years 6 and 7 for England and Wales). Out of those, 53 top-achieving students attended the final for the Junior age group.

Three others from the school reached the Junior final: Maisie R, Molly C, and Connor W. They received finalist certificates, and Amelia was presented with a first place certificate at a prize-giving ceremony at Hertford College.

The day previously, another student from the school – Samuel J – attended the finals of the Intermediate age group (years 8 & 9 for England and Wales). This category had even more students participating in the first round – 71,146 – with 48 attending the final.

The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge, supported by Google, is designed to get students excited about computing and computational thinking. It is a problem-solving contest with questions inspired by topics in computer science. In the first round, held in their own schools, students have to try and solve as many problems as possible in the allotted time. There are six age categories. The highest scoring students from the four oldest age groups (Elite, Senior, Intermediate and Junior) were then invited to the Department of Computer Science at Oxford for the finals over two weekends in January and February.

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Amelia P receiving her first place certificate from Peter Millican, Professor at Hertford College, University of Oxford.
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