Nearly 12,000 young women from around the UK joined this year’s CyberFirst Girls competition, run by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
That’s massive 110 percent increase in last year’s numbers, as the problem solving and code breaking competition for 12-13-year-olds gets increasingly popular.
Now the 3,389 teams have been whittled down to 10 finalists, the NCSC announced today, on International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
CyberFirst Girls Finalists
Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Skills and Growth, said: “Throughout the three editions of the CyberFirst Girls competition we have seen how positively the teams react to the challenges we set them and really engage with the competition.”
In alphabetical order, these 10 teams made the final:
Beverley High School, East Riding, Yorkshire;
Chelmsford High School for Girls, Chelmsford, Essex;
Denmark Road High School, Gloucester, Gloucestershire;
Oxford High School GDST, Oxford, Oxfordshire
Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
St Catherine’s School, Armagh
The Queen’s School, Chester, Cheshire
The Tiffin Girls’ School, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey
Watford Grammar School for Girls, Watford, Hertfordshire
Withington Girls’ School, Manchester
The CyberFirst Girls competition is led and inspired by the NCSC (a part of signals intelligence agency GCHQ), which describes it as a “high profile intervention” to allow 12/13yrs old girls the opportunity to explore cyber related challenges first hand.
Over the past three years, over 24,000 girls in schools across the UK have participated in the NCSC’s CyberFirst Girls competition of problem-solving and code cracking challenges to crown the UK’s most cyber-capable young women.