The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) is a contest in which secondary school students develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating languages from around the globe. This is the third year that St. Finian’s C.C. will be participating in AILO.
AILO introduces students to linguistics (i.e. the study of human language) and to the application of logic to problems of language understanding and translation. The goal is to develop students’ problem-solving skills and to inspire them to consider the fascinating range of careers at the intersection of computing, linguistics and language.
Last year, ten students from St Finian’s Community College participated in Round 1, including Casey Peppa, Gabby Macaria, Jeff Culleton, Piotr O’Rourke O’Sullivan, James O’Reilly, Nicole Filipasco, Alannah Dalton, Callum Duffy Meade, Aiste Kavaliauskaite, Liam Cunningham, Dennis Atagbede, Jordyn Maguire.
Over 2,000 students from 161 schools in 29 counties participated in Round 1 of AILO and the top 100 code-breakers in the country were invited to the AILO National Final in Trinity College on 15th March 2016.
We are so proud that out of 2,000 students who competed nationally, two of our students, Jordyn Maguire and Aiste Kavaliauskaite made the top 100 problem solvers in Ireland and participated in the AILO National Final. Competing individually, they engaged in a series of brain-teasing challenges such as unlocking the secrets of ancient scripts and deciphering numerical spy codes using skills such as computational thinking, analytical skills, and the ability to think “outside the box”.
Both Jordyn and Aiste performed exceptionally well. We are so tremendously proud of their achievements.