Scoil Eoin Balloonagh Pupil Wins National Competition

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Scoil Eoin Balloonagh pupil Coren Hughes with Eljakim Schrijvers from the Zebras Organisation.

A SCOIL Eoin student is celebrating after winning the BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge Final in NUI Maynooth last Saturday.

Sixth class pupil Coren Hughes from the Balloonagh school won first place in the 10-12 age group category. The competition aims to identify and encourage students who have a talent in the area of computational thinking.

The finals were an island-wide event; with over 100 students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland qualifying.

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Bebras is a problem-solving challenge with questions in the form of engaging puzzles. It is divided into five age categories, from 8-10 years to 16-18 years of age. Each participant has 45 minutes to answer up to 16 multiple-choice questions that focus on computational and logical thinking.

Last year 1.6 million children, mostly from Europe, took part in the competition. It is notable for being the most gender-balanced worldwide computer science-related competition. In Ireland, the Bebras Challenge is organised by the ICS Foundation, the social enterprise arm of the Irish Computer Society, and was one of the key events of national Tech Week, which is funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

The attendees who qualified and attended the final were 51% male to 49% female.




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