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Australian Champion in Computational Thinking Challenge

22/10/2014

​Australian Bebras Computational Thinking Champion

Year 3 student Nathan Ward was the only student in Australia to achieve a perfect score of 135 in his age group in the 2014 Bebras Australian Computational Thinking Challenge which was held in September. Nathan has been named as an Australian Champion and is one of only 2 students in his age group to have his name on the Australian Honour Role.

Bebras is an international initiative whose goal is to promote computational thinking for students ages 8 – 17 in years 3 – 12. Bebras is run by NICTA under the Digital Careers Program and funded by the Australian Government as represented by the Department of Communications.

The challenges are made up of a set of short questions called Bebras tasks and are delivered via the cloud. The tasks are clearly related to computational thinking concepts. To solve tasks students are required to think in and about information, discrete structures, computation, data processing, and algorithmic concepts. Each task can both demonstrate an aspect of computational thinking and test the talent of the participant. Participants had 15 problems to solve. The problems were presented under three levels of difficulty – Easy, medium and hard – each consisting of 5 questions. The questions get progressively more difficult as students advance upwards through the school system.

Nathan said "The Bebra's Challenge was great! I really liked answering the computer science maths questions. It was awesome fun.  I was surprised to find out I was the Year 3/4 Australian Champion. I am very happy and cannot wait to do another challenge like this one."

A big congratulations to all of the other CSDE students who participated and scored very well in the challenge:

  • Taya Ford

  • Erin Blennerhassett

  • Trent Ford

  • Zane Ford

  • Mark Hamilton

  • Arjan Wynberg

  • Anastasia Wynberg

  • Julian Wynberg