Hunt is on for top problem solver
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.