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A talented Lower Third boy came third in his age group (Junior) in a UK-wide computing competition – The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge – held at the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University on 11 February.

Reaching the final is an impressive achievement, as 41,372 students entered the first round of the Junior age group category (years 6 and 7 for England and Wales). Out of those, 53 top-achieving students attended the final for the Junior age group.

Five other students from the school also made it to the final. They 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 (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.

Well done to all the Lower Third boys who took part!

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