Talented student Linus Luu from St Olave's Grammar School came second in his age group in a UK-wide computing competition – The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge – held at the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University on 28 January.
Coming second in the Senior age group is an impressive achievement, as 14,402 students entered the first round of the category (years 10 & 11 for England and Wales). Linus Luu and three of his schoolmates – Charles Callow, Dylan Evans and Joel Ulens – were among 55 top-achieving students who attended the final for the Senior age group. Linus received his second place certificate, and Charles, Dylan and Joel received finalist certificates 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. There are six age categories. The highest scoring students from the four oldest age groups in the first round (Elite, Senior, Junior and Intermediate) were then invited to the Department of Computer Science at Oxford for the finals over two weekends in January and February.