In the middle of November, 6715 students from across Canada participated in the Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC). The challenge is issued by the University of Waterloo and is a problem-solving contest that focuses on computational and logical thinking. Questions are inspired by topics in computer science and only require comfort with concepts found in mathematics curriculum common to all provinces.
Seventeen grade 7 and 8 students from Salt Spring Island Middle School wrote the challenge this year. Student participants came from the Middle Years Saturna Ecological Education Centre (MySEEC), the French Immersion, and the English stream. They all performed very well and four students have been awarded Certificates of Distinction.
When our learners engage in such enriching activities with enthusiasm and success, it bodes well for numeracy in our district.
story and photo: Louise Doucet