The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OZCLO) is a competition for high school students that UWA is organising in 2009.
Linguistics is about the nature of human language. It's concerned with what languages have in common and how they are different, including how they are structured, how they are learnt, how they are used in different cultures and societies, and how they change over time.
OZCLO introduces students to language puzzles from which they can learn about the richness and diversity of language while exercising natural logic and reasoning skills. While Linguistics is a wide-ranging discipline, the particular focus in OZCLO is on computational thinking as it relates to solving linguistics problems. No prior knowledge of other languages, linguistics or computer programming is necessary and it doesn't require the use of computers.
OZCLO was run for the first time, very successfully, in 2008, attracting teams from schools in Victoria and New South Wales. In 2009 the competition will expand to cover most other states.
The best students in the WA competition next year will go on to compete in the national round and there is even talk of the national winner going on to represent Australia in an international competition to be held in the US.
If you are interested in entering either individually or with a team from your school, or you would like to find out more, we would love to hear from you! Please contact John Henderson on 6488 2870 or [email protected]
If you'd like to learn more about the kinds of puzzles that students are asked to solve, see https://www.news.uwa.edu.au/node/add/www.ozclo.org.au.