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. The top 25% then qualify for the TCS Oxford competition which takes place in March. The very highest scoring students are invited to the Department of Computer Science at Oxford for the finals over two weekends in January and February.

After half term, Year 7/8 students at The Ruth Gorse Academy will be taking part in the challenge during their Computing lessons, along with those students who are studying Computer Science in Years 9 and 10.

To try some of challenges of the sort that the students faced earlier in the competition, go to and click on “Past challenges”.