OzCLO is the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad, a state and national competition for secondary students. It introduces students to language puzzles from which they can learn about the richness, diversity and systematic nature of language, while exercising natural logic and reasoning skills. No prior knowledge of other languages, linguistics or computer programming is necessary.
Linguistics is a wide-ranging discipline that explores the nature of human language. It’sconcerned with what languages have in common and how they are different, how they are structured, how they are learnt, how they are used in different cultures and societies, and how they change over time. The particular focus in OzCLO is on logical thinking as it relates to discovering how languages work. You can get an idea of what this means from the sample problems in the downloadable preparation materials.
OzCLO has been running since 2008, and attracts teams from schools around Australia. It is run by academics at major universities around Australia. The competition is in two rounds. Round 1 is held in local regions, in our case the whole of WA. The top three teams from each region go into the national competition in Round 2. We’re also hoping that the national top team will be able to travel to the international competition in Dublin later in 2017. We hold Round 1 entirely online so that your students can participate from your school under your supervision, no matter where your school is, without the difficulties of organising transport to UWA. An optional On-campus Training Session and the National Round are both held at UWA.
The competition is designed for students from Years 9 to 12. Past experience shows that there is appeal across humanities and science interests. Students who like language and languages, maths, computers, or natural sciences are likely to be interested in this competition. In fact, any secondary school student who enjoys the sample problems in the OzCLO Preparation Package is a potential contestant! Secondary students don't usually know much about linguistics and computational linguistics, so they might not know if they are interested until they try a few sample problems themselves.
In the competition, all teams will complete the same tasks, but teams will be ranked within their age level: Junior (Years 9-10), or Senior (Years 11-12). Teams consist of four students. Teams are usually all Junior or all Senior students; mixed level teams compete at the higher level.
STUDENTS COMPETE IN THE FIRST ROUND ONLINE FROM YOUR SCHOOL!
OzCLO activities for 2017 are:
OzCLO Registration opens online Monday 9th January
Deadline for UWA Training Session Monday, February 20th
Training Session at UWA Wednesday, February 22nd 12:30–2:30
Round 1 (in-school online) Wednesday, March 8th 11:30-1:30 WST
State Round results 7-14 days after the State Round
National Round at UWA Wednesday, March 29th 12:30–3:00
National Round results 7-14 days after the National Round
International Olympiad, Ireland July
All participating students will be contacted through their teachers, as registration will be through the schools.
For the Training Session and/or National Round at UWA, schools which require sighting UWA’s Certificate of Currency of Insurance should contact firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance of your visit to the campus.
For general information, please contact Dr John Henderson in Linguistics at UWA: phone 6488 2870 or email email@example.com. For Matters in relation to the Round 1 online competition, please contact Rebecca Defina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OzCLO is provided by these universities:
The University of Western Australia
The University of Melbourne
The Australian National University
The University of Queensland
The University of Adelaide
The University of South Australia
Charles Darwin University
and proudly supported by these organisations:
Australian Linguistic Society (ALS)
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)
and these companies:
The Australian National Dictionary Centre
The Co-op Bookshop