Alexa Wolf, Angelia Paz-King, Hattie Simpson and Laura Ferguson will compete in National Final in Scotland in March. The initial stage of the competition, in which a total of 11,802 girls from 840 schools took part, involved a week of online challenges in the following categories: Networking, Logic and Coding, Cyber Security and Cryptography. Each challenge is derived from skills used by cyber security professionals and all could be solved using techniques available on the internet. Participants had to try to answer as many questions as possibly during the week across all four categories, earning badges along the way. Each category had different levels of difficulty, and as the girls progressed, more challenges were “unlocked”.
RMS for Girls Headmaster, Kevin Carson, said "I am delighted for and exceptionally proud of these four fantastic students. To have achieved such a high standard in a national competition shows the academic excellence of the pupils at RMS.The commitment they have shown, working in their own time, outside the curriculum is indicative of all that we are about at RMS. To have done so in the area of computing and cyber-security challenges the misconception that computing is just for boys. We all look forward to hearing how the girls get on in the national final next month."
Head of Computer Science at RMS, Nick Lilley said "I am so incredibly proud of the girls and the effort they have put in to achieve this. It is a huge accolade both for the girls and for the School to have got through to the final"
Team member Alexa said "The best challenges were the ones where we worked together to pool what we knew and help each other find the answers. We really had persevere with the challenges, do extra research and sometimes try several different approaches to find the solutions"
We wish the team lots of luck in the final and look forward to sharing news of how they get on.