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These 10 Schools Are Nurturing the Next-Gen Code Breakers

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“The increase in participants is fantastic to see”

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.

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.”

“The increase in participants is fantastic to see and we’re looking forward to crowning our winners in Edinburgh.”

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