UK Bebras National Final at Oxford University

Bebras is an international competition in computational thinking for school age students.

Over forty countries take part, including the UK. This year over 140,000 students in the UK took part in the competition, and the national finals for the best 60 in each age category were held at Oxford University. I was fortunate enough to be invited to take part in the finals in the senior category (years 10 and 11), which took place on the 28th of January 2018 at Hertford College, Oxford University. The day began with the competition, and afterwards we were treated to lectures from professors of Computer Science at Oxford University, such as lectures about the opportunities and threats of AI by Peter Millican. We also had a tour of the college, where we were able to meet some of the students there and find out about university life at Oxford. The final event of the day was the prize giving in Hertford College's historic chapel, where I received a certificate for placing joint 23rd out of the 60 students taking part. Many thanks to the staff and students of Hertford College, as well as the Bebras organisation for all their hard work in organising all the events throughout the day. By Alex Tan