Balshaw’s Church of England High School

UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

15 December 2016

During the week of the 7th November 2016, 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 80,000 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.

Balshaw’s students have taken part in this competition each year for the past four years. This year, 170 students in Year 9 at Balshaw’s took part in the competition! The ‘Best In School’ joint winners were Ivan Ly and Adam Fermor with 178 points each. These students received a ‘Best In School’ Certificate and a prize from the ICT & Computing Department. As well as being the best in school, both Ivan and Adam were amongst the top scorers in the whole of Lancashire! 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’.


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