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Congratulations Orla!

A student from High School for Girls, Gloucester was a finalist in computing challenge at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

Talented student Orla Gibson was invited to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford on Sunday 11 February as a finalist in a UK-wide computing competition – The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge.

Reaching the final of the Junior age group is an impressive achievement, as 41,372 students entered the first round for the age group (10–12). Orla was among the top 60 highest achieving students invited to the final round in her age group, and was presented with her finalist’s certificate at a prizegiving 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, Intermediate, and Junior) were then invited to the Department of Computer Science at Oxford for the finals over two weekends in January and February.