NILAI – Kolej Genius Insan (KGI), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia has won 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 11 Bronze in The Beaver Computational Thinking Competition as the second entry by KGI students. A total of 92 aged between 13 until 17 years old participated in this competition which held at 9-10 September 2020 from 10 am until 10 pm using an online platform.
A total of 3 categories have competed, namely, cadets aged 13 to 14 years, juniors aged 15 to 16 years, and students aged 17 to 19 years.
The Beaver Computational Thinking Competition is an online competition that introduces computer science principles and analytical problem solving that need to been solved by students. It’s organized by Beaver Informatic Malaysia Secretariat and supported by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MdeC), an agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia.
This competition is a part of the International Bebras effort. Beaver tasks are structured required no previous experience to comprehend or solve, but are based on principles of informatics. It does not include programming. This competition has been held annually.
One of the main objectives why Beaver competition been held is to cultivate students’ creativity, information culture, algorithmic and computational thinking. Besides, this competition encouraged students’ use of information technologies in their activities more enthusiastically from the beginning at school.
Dr Siti Munirah Mohd as the student coordinator for this program said, the achievement of the year 2020 in terms of gold medals is the same as last year, but the increase in the acceptance of silver and bronze medals has improved considerably. Kolej GENIUS Insan hopes that in next year competition, more KGI students will win medals and hope more participant from the student to join Beaver Competition since this help student to improve their critical thinking capabilities to solve the problem.