Students demonstrate great problem-solving skills in the Bebras Computing Challenge
For the fourth consecutive year, Richmond School students have participated in the Bebras Computing Challenge, taking part in tasks that are fun, engaging and based on problems that Computer Scientists often meet and enjoy solving.
Run in conjunction with Oxford University, the Challenge introduces computational thinking to students. All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 complete the challenge in their IT lessons, with those students studying Computer Science in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 also taking part. The Challenge is organised in over 50 countries and is designed to get students all over the world excited about computing, with over 223,300 involved this year.
We are delighted to report that we have 44 students in school and college who achieved a score in the top 10% of all participants so they are eligible to take part in the forthcoming Oxford Computing Challenge.
Natasha Thornton, in Year 7, was the most impressive result in the school this year, scoring 184/200. The average score of all students competing in Natasha’s age group was 76/200 so this was an outstanding achievement.
Susan Thornton, Lead Teacher for Computer Science and IT, said: “I am thrilled that students have again shown great computational thinking by solving a series of problems which require them to draw on their resilience and independence. It is also encouraging to see so many Year 7 students embracing the challenge and demonstrating their abilities so early in their time at Richmond School.”