Over the next two weeks (7 Nov – 18 Nov) all students from within the Senior School who take Computer Science, and interested students from Upper Prep upwards in the Juniors. will be taking part in the Bebras Computing Challenge. This international competition that runs in over 50 countries is organised in the UK by Oxford University in partnership with the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
The challenges focus on Computational and Logical Thinking and are designed to get students excited about computing. They are completed online during one lesson.
Robert Bradley, Head of Computer Science, said “I wanted our students to take part in the competition to inspire and engage them with computational thinking in a fun and imaginative way. It will also give them an opportunity to demonstrate their amazing talent as they compete against students from around the world.”
What’s great is the data centre that hosts UK Bebras obtains its electricity from wind farms. When the wind doesn’t blow the energy comes from the grid but when it does blow there is more than enough for the servers and the excess is returned to the grid. The net result is that UK Bebras is using 100% wind energy overall. The heat from cooling the servers, when everyone is beavering away, is used to heat buildings in the neighbourhood.