d’Overbroeck’s student Jonah Milnes came top in his age group in a UK-wide computing competition – The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge – held at the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University on 10 February.
Reaching the final 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. Jonah was presented with a first place certificate at a prize-giving 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, Junior and Intermediate) were then invited to the Department of Computer Science at Oxford for the finals over two weekends in January and February.
In photo: Jonah Milnes receiving his winning certificate from Peter Millican, Professor at Hertford College, University of Oxford