CDS Breaks Its Previous Beaver Math Contest Record
In early November, 47 of our Grade 7 and 8 students boldly came forth to take the University of Waterloo Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC), which is designed to get students with little or no previous experience excited about computing. Students with a score of 60 or higher received a certificate of distinction (top 25% of all competitors worldwide). This year, 30 of our students scored a 60 or higher and two tied for the top CDS score of 86: Stone Li ’24 and Jimmy Zhou ’23. The previous CDS record was 82.
This year’s group consisted of more than one third female students, which is important to note as CDS strives to empower its Middle School girls so that they are more willing to enroll in the computer science and computer engineering type courses that CDS has to offer in the Senior School.
According to Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing’s website, the BCC is a problem solving contest with a focus on computational and logical thinking. Questions are inspired by topics in computer science, but only require comfort with concepts found in mathematics curriculum common to all provinces.