Last month, a few students from Years 7-10 took part in one of the more formidable competitions of the year: The Oxford Computing Challenge. Participation was by invitation only, based on qualifiers from the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, which took place in November. The rules are simple: solve as many problems as you can in an hour. However, to do so requires quick thinking under pressure, creativity, accuracy and a healthy dose of trying, trying, trying again until it works!
The problems ranged from coding mathematical functions to helping robots navigate mazes, and everything else in between (animation, finding bugs in code, binary addition and much, much more).
The 11 students who took part showed an impressive level of determination and skill; even qualifying was an achievement in itself. They have all received certificates, and I am delighted to include the results below:
Debby, Leonie, Tabby, Helena
William, Tom, Laura, Scott, Jonah
Well done to all who took part, and thank you very much to Meghan for running lunchtime sessions throughout the year to help students prepare.
Stephen O’Keeffe – Teacher of Mathematics