Hunt is on for top prob­lem solver

Bray People - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW schools yet to en­ter the 2015 All Ire­land Lin­guis­tics Olympiad have un­til Jan­uary to reg­is­ter.

The Olympiad aims to search for Ire­land’s top young prob­lem solvers.

Al­ready regis­tered for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion are Coláiste Ráithín, Co­laiste Chraobh Ab­hann and Coláiste Chill Mhan­táin.

Other schools wish­ing to take part have un­til Jan­uary 16 of next year to reg­is­ter on www. adapt­cen­tre.ie/ailo.

The Olympiad chal­lenges sec­ondary school stu­dents to en­gage in code-break­ing to de­ci­pher com­plex puz­zles in un­fa­mil­iar lan­guages. Typ­i­cal puz­zles in­clude de­ci­pher­ing nu­mer­i­cal spy codes and de­cod­ing an­cient scripts. The contest is run by the ADAPT Cen­tre, which is funded by Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Ire­land.

Launched in 2009, the contest has at­tracted over 9,000 stu­dents to date. This year also sees the in­tro­duc­tion of a ju­nior cat­e­gory to en­cour­age younger stu­dents aged 15 or un­der to take part.

The com­pe­ti­tion also en­hances stu­dents’ prob­lem solv­ing skills in or­der to pre­pare them for high-tech ca­reers in Ire­land’s multi-bil­lion euro dig­i­tal con­tent sec­tor.

The top 100 stu­dents from the qual­i­fy­ing round will progress to the na­tional fi­nal, which will be held at Dublin City Univer­sity. The over­all top four per­form­ers will go on to rep­re­sent Ire­land at the In­ter­na­tional Lin­guis­tics Olympiad in Bul­garia in July.

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