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Year 13 Student Reaches Final of Computational Challenge at Oxford

Joe Simmonds receives his finalist's certificate from Oxford Professor, Peter Millican.

Talented student Joe Simmonds was invited to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford on Saturday 2 February as a finalist in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, a national competition.

Reaching the final of the Elite age group is an impressive achievement, as 6,415 students entered the first round for the age group (16–18). Joe was among the top 60 highest achieving students invited to the final round in his age group, and was presented with his finalist’s certificate at a prize-giving ceremony at Hertford College.

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 February.

This year all students in Years 7-10 and all Computer Scientists in Years 11-13 took part in the first round in November, the highest number of entries of any school in the country. Yusuf Chaudry (7F) and Samuel Wragg (7B), Jack Hopperton (9H) and Theo Bourtsoulkis-Cray (11K) all earned best in school certificates for their exceptional performance in their age groups.

Mr Redrup - IT Department

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