Students Reach Semi-Final of CyberFirst Competition
A team of students from Stamford High School have reached the semi-final round of the ‘CyberFirst Girls Competition 2021‘ for their achievements in a collection of cyber security, networking, cryptography, and coding challenges.
Over 1600 teams entered the competition, with just over 100 reaching the semi-finals. The students ranked 16th overall, putting them within the top 6% of entrants.
The national competiton is run annually by the National Cyber Security Centre in three rounds: an online qualifier, to identify the top teams in each region, a semi-final and the grand final.
Only one team from each school in the competition were able to reach the semi-finals. Maggie M, Emily D, Emily P and Georgina P finished the qualifying round within the top 21 teams of the South East region, which was entered by all of Year 8 in teams of 3 or 4.
The challenging competition is designed to inspire young women to consider a career in cyber security. Through the challenges, student have developed resilience, teamwork, communication, independent working and practiced their research skills, by investigating specialized fields as additional research for some of their questions.
Head of Computing, Mr M Hearn, said: “This is the third year that Stamford High School have participated in the CyberFirst Girls Competition. Last year we came 2nd at our regional semi-final, and this year we’re hoping for another amazing achievement. Our semi-finalists have been readying themselves over the last few weeks, and I am confident they will give it their all and make Stamford proud.”
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