The concluding stage of a nationwide search to find Ireland’s top young problem solvers took place on Tuesday March 25 at the CNGL Centre for Global Intelligent Content’s All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) finals in Trinity College Dublin.
Ella Barrett from Heywood Community School was among the one hundred secondary school students who successfully made it through to the national final.
From a starting line-up of 2,600 students across 23 counties, the one hundred top sleuths battled it out during an individual and team round, each lasting two hours. The top four decoders from the individual round will be selected to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad, which will be held in Beijing, China in July.
There, Team Ireland members will test their wits against students from over thirty countries during a week packed with puzzles and cultural experiences.
The Olympiad challenges students to apply logic and reasoning skills to solve complex language puzzles in unfamiliar languages. This ‘code-breaking’ event aims to inspire the next generation of multilingual technology graduates, who possess language competency and problem-solving expertise.