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Problem-solving is no problem for Jake

Wednesday 31 March 2021

Year 13 student, Jake, has recently qualified for the highly regarded British Informatics Olympiad finals. The competition is open to all students in pre-university education in mainland Britain, and involves solving problems against the clock, using nothing more than a pen, paper and a computer.

To qualify, Jake had to complete a 3-hour test solving a range of problems using a computer. He will now take part in the final to be held early April, which this year will be held remotely due to the coronavirus restrictions. Jake explains,

“The final usually takes the form of a short residential at Cambridge University, which involves lots of problem-solving activities as well as the chance to mix with other students and take a guided tour of the city. It’s a shame we all won’t be able to experience that this year, but it’s still exciting to be part of the final of such a prestigious competition.”

Jake, who is studying Maths, Further Maths, Computing and Physics A-levels hopefully won’t have too much longer to wait to explore the hallowed halls of Oxbridge, as he is currently holding an offer to study Maths and Computer Science at St John’s College, Oxford.

Furthermore, if he places within the top four in the UK final, there is the possibility of travel much further afield as the international competition is held in Singapore, where the team will enjoy VIP treatment and get to socialise with contestants from over 80 different countries.

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