Our friends at the National Cyber Security Centre are running an incredibly exciting competition and we wanted to help them spread the word:
The CyberFirst Girls Competition is an NCSC initiative which aims to inspire girls interested in technology to pursue a career in cyber security
The competition is a team event. Each team – consisting of up to four girls in Year 8 (England and Wales), S2 (Scotland) or Year 9 (Northern Ireland) – tackle challenges from cryptography and logic to artificial intelligence and networking for the chance to be crowned cyber security champions.
Every girl from the winning teams will take a brand-new laptop home, and have a chance to win prize money for their school.
The content for each category of the competition is consistent with subjects within the Computer Science syllabus from both the National Curriculum and Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.
However, the competition will contain some advanced cyber topics that are not covered in traditional education but will seek to stretch the lateral thinking and additional cyber knowledge of the teams.
What you need to know
- Teams are made up of up to four girls in Year 8, S2 or Year 9 (Northern Ireland).
- Schools can enter as many teams as they like if they meet the eligibility criteria above.
- Teams need a team guardian. Must be over 18 and appointed by the school.
- Team guardians don’t need to have any cyber knowledge whatsoever. Their role is to register the teams and facilitate access to the competition. See our Teacher Information Pack for useful information, videos and links to help you get started.
- Example challenges are available to check out on the website.