TCS students test their wits in All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad
38 talented problem solvers from Tallaght Community School tested their minds against the world’s toughest puzzles in logic, language and linguistics during the qualifying round of the ADAPT All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad on 2nd February 2017. Run by the ADAPT Centre and supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the contest challenges secondary school students to apply logic and reasoning skills to solve complex puzzles in unfamiliar languages. It is a key element of the nationwide Problem-Solving Initiative.
Congratulations to James Gooding (5th Year), Liam Hynes (5th Year), Kacper Kluza (3rd Year) and Darren Scanlon (TY) who were among the top 100 problem solvers in Ireland. This year a record number of 1,306 students from secondary schools competed for spots in the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad Final. James, Liam, Kacper and Darren will represent TCS at the national final, which will be hosted by Dublin Institute of Technology on 24th March 2017. The winners there will have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad at Dublin City University in July 2017. Well done to all TCS students who took up the challenge! PICS
The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) challenges students to engage in ‘code-breaking’ to unlock information in unfamiliar languages, such as deciphering ancient Oriental scripts, decoding Armenian railway maps, or translating genealogical terms in Hawaiian. Previous knowledge of foreign languages or linguistics is not required, as the key requirements are logic, patience and reasoning skills.
AILO helps students to develop a powerful blend of problem-solving expertise and language competency, which are vital skills in today’s global economy. The contest also aims to inspire students to pursue the exciting range of careers combining computing, linguistics and languages.
AILO is run by ADAPT, a 110 million euro academia-industry research centre that is revolutionising how digital content is adapted, personalised and delivered for the needs of global users. ADAPT brings together more than 150 researchers at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin, and Dublin Institute of Technology as well as industry leaders in global digital content.