Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

The Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge takes place in schools across the UK every year.  The challenge presents a range of puzzles that can be solved using techniques from Computer Science – known as Computational Thinking. This year, our Year 10 pupils were amongst the 130,000 participants in the Intermediate Age Category. Once the scores are calculated, Distinction-Certificates are awarded to the top 25% of pupils in RSD and Merit-Certificates are awarded to the next 25% of pupils in RSD. Congratulations to our pupils who received Merit and Distinction certificates; Beltran Alonso Ferri, Dylan Gilbert, Genna Gilpin, Stefan Thompson and Matthew Wallace. Genna Gilpin also receivied the Bebras certificate for ‘Best in School’.

Each year, the top 60 participants in the UK are invited to compete in the Bebras Final in Oxford.  Although RSD did not have any scores in the top 60 this year one pupil came very close with an outstanding score of 189 out of a maximum of 200 – just 2 points short of the 191 qualifying score.  This is a fantastic achievement especially when you consider that the top 60 out of 130,000 is around 0.05%.

In addition, the top 10% of Bebras participants in the UK are invited to take part in the Oxford Computing Challenge.  This year, our five pupils mentioned above qualified by achieving scores in the top 10% nationally; each pupil received an invitation for this competition too.

Congratulations to all those who took part in the Computational Thinking Competition this year and good luck to those who have qualified to take part in the Oxford Computing Challenge.

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Passionate about both the school News Team and Art and Design, Mrs Best also teaches junior ICT, RE and LLW.

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