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Students to compete at Uni of Oxford

Beaconsfield High School students have been invited to the University of Oxford’s Department of Computer Science to compete in the second stage of the 2017 UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, a competition designed to raise awareness of Computer Science in a fun and rewarding way.

Hannah Ali (Year 8) and Gracie Kunicki (Year 9) achieved scores of 178 out of a possible 200 in the Intermediate Category of the competition, which involves solving problems using computational thinking skills.

The students competed against more than 70,000 other candidates nationwide, finishing in the top tenth of the top 1% of entrants. Around half of the school’s population entered the 2017 Bebras Competition, with many of them achieving scores in the top 5% nationally. 

The two students will now visit the University of Oxford for round two, which includes academic lectures and the chance to explore an Oxford College, as well as take part in the second stage of the Bebras challenge and an awards ceremony.

Only 30 students from the UK have been invited to participate in the second round of the Intermediate Category of the competition and we are delighted that, from the thousands of entrants, we will have two representatives to take the challenge further. Computing is a core focus for us, and we remain the only school in Buckinghamshire to offer it up to GCSE level. It is also a key element of our STEM focus, especially with the nationwide drive to encourage more females into STEM-associated careers.

Rachel Smith, Headteacher

The Bebras challenges are made up of a set of short problems called Bebras tasks and are delivered online. The tasks are fun, engaging and based on problems that Computer Scientists often meet and enjoy solving. The tasks can be solved without prior knowledge but instead require logical thinking.