Soham Village College student beats thousands to make computing challenge finals

PUBLISHED: 10:31 08 February 2018

George Wood receiving his final round certificate from Peter Millican, professor of philosophy at Hertford College, University of Oxford.

George Wood receiving his final round certificate from Peter Millican, professor of philosophy at Hertford College, University of Oxford.

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A Soham Village College student has beaten thousands to make the finals of a computing challenge at the University of Oxford.

A Soham Village College student has beaten thousands to make the finals of a computing challenge at the University of Oxford.

George Wood was invited to the Department of Computer Science at the university on Sunday January 28 as a finalist in UK-wide computing competition The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge.

Reaching the final of the senior age group is an impressive achievement, as 14,402 students entered the first round of the senior age group category (14–16).

George 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, 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 have to try and solve as many problems as possible in the allotted time.

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