Celebrating RGS Computer Science National Finalists

Earlier this week  Mr Fenton proudly presented four students with certificates who reached the National Finals in recognition of their fantastic computer science achievements. Congratulations to all of our students who competed in two very different national computer science competitions:

Oxford University Computing Challenge

Over 450 students participated in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge in November 2021. Students that were in the top 25%, were invited to participate in the Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC) Round 1 which took place in February 2022. Over 40 RGS students participated in Round 1 of the OUCC where nine students were awarded a Merit or Distinction. Oli F & Luke S were the top students in their categories and were invited to participate in the final round of the National competition.

Intermediate National Finalist – Luke S 14th Place
Senior National Finalist – Oli F 8th Place

The Perse Coding Team Challenge

The Perse Coding Team Challenge (PCTC) is a competition with a difference as the students work in teams of mixed age groups and experience. This competition for UK and international secondary schools pits the teams of students in Years 7 to 11 against each other in a timed automated challenge across two rounds.
The coding submissions (via an online interface) are supported in a number of different languages such as Python, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript and Visual Basic.Net. The questions receive one or more lines of input and produce one or more lines of output. Each submission is then subjected to automated tests to determine the points awarded. Code submissions must complete within the specified (usually 3) seconds of processing time for each test. The memory available to each submission is also limited which may be relevant to some later problems.

Four teams of students entered from RGS, with one team progressing through to the final round.

National Finalists – Oli F, Carter J, Tom W – achieved Distinction which is in the top 25% nationally.

Well done to all of our RGS students who took part in the two competitions.

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