The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge
6th March 2018
Talented student Kai (Yr 9) hit the heights in his age group in a national computing competition.
He was joint runner-up in The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge held at the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University last month.
This is an impressive achievement, as 71,146 students entered the first round of the Intermediate age group category (Years 8 & 9 for England and Wales). Out of those, 48 top-achieving students attended the final for the Intermediate age group and this included a second Comberton student, Ben also in Year 9.
Kai was presented with a second place certificate at a prize-giving ceremony at Hertford College and Ben received a finalist’s certificate at the ceremony.
Comberton Head of Computer Science Will Grey said: “Once again I would like to congratulate Kai and Ben for their success in the UK Bebras challenge.
“This is a significant achievement. Both these students are very hard-working and deserve their success.
They are a privilege to teach and I look forward to continuing to teach and support them in their studies in computer science.”
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, Junior and Intermediate) were then invited to the Department of Computer Science at Oxford for the finals.