Two teams from Oakham School took part in the GCHQ CyberFirst Girls Competition, the only competition of its kind, which pits teenage girls against tough Cyber Security challenges.
“This was an excellent competition that was entirely focused on encouraging girls to engage more with Computer Science and to view the subject as a possible career option,” says Head of Computer Science, Michael Crofts.
The girls undertook a series of complex online challenges. This included a variety of different skills and activities such as cyber security, coding and networking.
“There were thousands across the country who took part and whilst neither team was selected as one of the 10 to go through to the Grand Final, the girls thoroughly enjoyed the challenge it posed.”
Team one consisted of Form 4 pupils Amani, Zena and Giovanna, whilst team two was made up of Form 3 pupils Annabel, Lottie, Liberty and Isabelle.
“The girls loved the chance to take part in something that was targeted just at them,” continues Michael. “It was particularly good for Form 3 pupils, as it has given them a real flavour and taste of the subject, which will hopefully encourage them to study it at GCSE level.”