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14th February 2020

BEBRAS Computational Thinking Success

James Harvey, a Y13 student at BHASVIC was a finalist in the BEBRAS computational thinking challenge at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.  Talented student, James, was invited to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford on Sunday 8 February as a finalist in the UK-wide competition.
 
Reaching the final of the Elite (16–18) age group is an impressive achievement, as 7,085 students entered the first round for this age group. James was among the top 52 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 the Raspberry Pi Foundation, 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 to 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, Seniors, Intermediate, and Juniors) 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 Kiri Walden, Communications Officer, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, kiri.walden@cs.ox.ac.uk, tel: 01865 610692.

 
Photo: James receiving his finalist's certificate from Eljakim Schrijvers, from the international Bebras organisation.

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