‘UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge’.

Congratulations to talented Grosvenor pupil Kara Purdy, Year Thirteen, who was invited to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford on Sunday 28th January, as a finalist in the prestigious, UK-wide computing competition – the ‘UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge’.

Reaching the final of the Senior age group was an incredible achievement as a phenomenal 14,402 students entered the first round of the Senior age group category (14–16). From this initial pool of entrants, Kara was among the top sixty highest achieving students invited to the final round in her age group, and was presented with her finalist’s 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 were required to solve as many problems as possible in the allotted time. There are a total of six age categories: the highest scoring students from the four oldest age groups (Elite, Senior, Intermediate, and Junior) were then invited to the Department of Computer Science at Oxford for the finals over two weekends in January and February.

Well done to Kara, as well as her Computer Science AS teacher Mr Gartland, on her incredible achievement and we look forward to her enjoying many further Computer Science-related successes in the near future. 

Year Thirteen pupil Kara Purdy, pictured alongside Dr. Vasey, who was a recent finalist in the prestigious, UK-wide computing competition - the 'UK BEBRAS Computional Thinking Challenge'.