Balshaw’s Church of England High School

UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

3 December 2015

During the week of the 9th November 2015, Year 9 students took part in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. The Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge (BCTC) introduces computer science to students and is designed to get them excited about computing. The BCTC is a problem solving contest with a focus on computational and logical thinking. Over 55,000 students took part in the competition throughout the UK this year! 



Computational thinking involves using a set of problem-solving skills and techniques that software engineers use to write programs and apps. Examples of these techniques would include the ability to break down complex tasks into simpler components, algorithm design, pattern recognition, pattern generalisation and abstraction.

Questions are inspired by topics in computer science but only require some basic reasoning ability. Students had to answer up to 15 questions in a 40 minute time period. The questions have varying degrees of difficulty and the points awarded reflect this.

This year, 174 students in Year 9 at Balshaw’s took part in the competition! The ‘Best In School’ joint winners were Josh Shepherd, Hollie Walmsley and Teri Williams with 173 points each. These students received a ‘Best In School’ Certificate and a prize from the ICT & Computing Department. The top 25% of students received a ‘Certificate of Distinction’, those in the top 50% received a ‘Certificate of Merit’ and everyone else who entered the competition received a ‘Certificate of Participation’. Well done to everyone who took part.

Teri, Josh and Hollie with their certificates and prizes.

Logo courtesy of UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. You can find more information about the challenge on their webpage.

Mr Mort

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