St Faith’s pupil wins Oxford University Computing Challenge

Ryan in Year 7 at St Faith's was declared the winner in his age category in the Oxford University Computing Challenge following the international finals. He entered alongside a field of over 100,000 pupils from 50 countries in the Bebras challenge.

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26th March 2021 — St Faith’s pupil, Ryan Stubbs (Year 7), was declared the winner in his age category in the Oxford University Computing Challenge following the live international finals last week.

Ryan entered alongside a field of over 100,000 pupils from 50 countries in the Bebras challenge, a computational thinking competition.

The top 10% in each age group qualified for the Oxford University Computing Challenge, which tested pupils on their ability to produce programmed solutions to computational thinking problems.

Having finished the first round joint top in his age category of over 68,500 competitors, Ryan took part in the final on the 18th March.

After completing a series of timed coding challenges which included tasks such as calculating the length of a base of a triangle made from any number of dominoes; editing pixels’ RGB values to add a border to an image and encoding a message by following a specific sequence of reversing letters in words, Ryan was declared the winner of the Junior National Finals.

Commenting on his win Ryan said: "I really like how creative I can be in computing and how there are so many ways to solve a single problem.

"I never thought I would do this well, but after a few questions my brain just started working out how to solve the problems."

Jamie Mitchell, Head of Computing and Digital Learning at St Faith’s said: "I could not be more proud of Ryan’s achievement.

"His dedication to Computing and the structure of the Computing curriculum here at St Faith’s have allowed him to flourish and to win this highly prestigious international title."

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