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Computing finalists visit University of Oxford

Talented students Grace Kunicki and Hannah Ali were invited to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford on Saturday 10th February as finalists in a UK-wide computing competition – The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge.

Grace Kunicki and Hannah Ali receiving their final round certificates from Peter Millican, Professor of Philosophy at Hertford College, University of Oxford.

Reaching the final of the Intermediate age group is an impressive achievement, as 71,146 students entered the first round for the age group (12–14). Grace and Hannah were among the top 60 highest achieving students invited to the final round in their age group, and were presented with their finalist’s certificates at a prizegiving 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 January and February.

For more information, see bebras.uk or contact Helen Wilcox, Communications Officer, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, Helen.wilcox@cs.ox.ac.uk, tel: 01865 610692.