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GNS Design Students Excel in National Computing Challenge

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Middle School students with awards

The University of Waterloo’s Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC) is an annual online competition designed to engage students in computer science and computational thinking. The event, hosted by the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC), is open to students from across Canada. The BCC aims to inspire and nurture students’ interest in computer science by presenting them with a series of thought-provoking problems that require creative problem-solving and algorithmic thinking.

Each year, the GNS Design department offers Middle and Senior School students the opportunity to participate in this competition. This year we had two Middle School students, Averi Kuo and Anne Yu, who scored in the top 25% of students from across Canada. This is a remarkable achievement as this contest is completed by thousands of students each year. Congratulations to both students!

To build upon this experience, we are proud to announce we will also be offering access to the annual Canadian Computing Challenge (CCC) in February 2024. The CCC is a follow-up competition to the BCC and is geared towards students who want to refine their programming skills, enhance their logical reasoning, and gain valuable experience in tackling real-world computational problems. The University of Waterloo’s Canadian Computing Challenge offers a unique and enriching experience that complements our school’s dedication to providing innovative and future-oriented learning opportunities for our students. Nationally, the top 20 students who complete the CCC will receive invitations to participate in the Canadian Computing Olympiad (CCO) at the University of Waterloo in May. More information will be sent out via school announcements in January.