Students from the City of London School have won Britain's National Cipher Challenge. More than 6,200 schoolchildren from 725 schools across the country participated in the event, breaking code of increasing complexity over the course of two months. Only 30 of the 1,600 teams completed every task, and the students from the City of London solved the final challenge in 44 hours and 20 minutes to win the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) cash prize. Southampton University ran the event, in partnership with GCHQ, IBM, and Trinity College.
"Since we started, the interest in code breaking in U.K. schools has grown dramatically and we continue to be amazed at the increasing sophistication of the kids taking part, both in their ingenuity and technical skills," says contest organizer and Southampton researcher Graham Niblo. Fifty members of the top 17 teams received Raspberry Pi computers.
An awards ceremony is scheduled for April 12 at Bletchley Park, the historic World War II site that houses the National Codes Center and the National Museum of Computing.
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