The Bebras Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students.
It is organised in over 50 countries and designed to get students all over the world excited about computing. The Bebras challenges are made 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. The aim is to solve as many as you can in the allotted time, 40 minutes. Unlike many other competitions, this is suitable for students of all abilities.
The competition runs for different year groups, as below, and this year the school entered into all categories, a total of over 500 students.
- Elite: Years 12 & 13
- Seniors: Years 10 & 11
- Intermediates: Years 8 & 9
- Juniors: Years 6 & 7
In the Elite group the school entered 32 students. "Best in School" went to Tharun in Year 12 with 184 points. An additional 5 students achieved "Gold Award Certificates", signifying that they were in the top 10% nationally. Collectively, the students were 14 points above the national average. In the Seniors category, 47 students competed and "Best in School" went jointly to Tom and Raheem in Year 10. A further 10 students achieved the "Gold Award Certificate" and this group were 35 points above the national average. Additional congratulations to Tom who also achieved joint Best in School last year in the intermediate category.
L – R: Tharun (Year 12), Tom (Year 10), Raheem (Year 10)
In the Intermediate group the school entered 239 candidates. "Best in School" was awarded to Bhranav(8D) who achieved a score of 189 points. In addition, 125 were also awarded the "Gold Award Certificate". Collectively, the students were 44 points above the national average.
In the Juniors group there were 86 students entered. There was a very strong showing and "Best in School" was awarded to Jion (7C), Fraser(7C), Nikhil(7G) and Rounak(7H), all of whom scored the maximum of 200 points! This group of students were over 50 points above national average, a fantastic effort all round.
L – R: Jion (Year 7), Nikhil (Year 7), Fraser (Year 7), Rounak (Year 7), Brahnav (Year 8)
All the students that were in the top 10% nationally, and received their Gold Award, will now be invited to the next stage of the competition, the Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC) which takes place in February next year.
Congratulations to all students that participated this year and best of luck to those that will be competing in the OUCC!