Lower School pupil David Coxon was invited to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford on Sunday 11 February as a finalist in a UK-wide computing competition The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge.
41,372 students entered the first round for the age group (10–12 years), therefore reaching the final for this category was an impressive achievement. David was among the top 60 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 is designed to build excitement around 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 try to solve as many problems as possible within an allotted time. There are six age categories and the highest scoring students from the four oldest age groups (Elite, Senior, Intermediate and Junior) were invited to the Department of Computer Science at Oxford for the finals over two weekends in January and February.