ALL IRELAND LINGUISTICS OLYMPIAD (AILO)
6th Year students, Rory McCluskey, Joshua Climax and James Brandon have qualified for the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) final to be held in D.C.U. on March 25th, 2015.
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.
In Round 1 the boys had to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating languages and use their ingenuity to solve puzzles such as deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics, decoding numerical spy codes, and interpreting ancient Mayan poetry. Even the hardest problems require only logical ability, patient work, and a willingness to think around corners.
We wish them well in the Final.
I thank Ms McGee for her liaison with this opportunity.