The Alan Turing Centenary Cryptography Competition is open to all schoolchildren in Years 7-11 (England and Wales), Primary 7 and S1-S4 (Scotland) and Years 8-12 (Northern Ireland).
The story follows Mike and Ellie who must solve a number of cryptographic problems in the hunt for the 'Turing Treasure'. The problems do not need any sophisticated mathematics to solve, nor do they require the use of computers. Instead, logical thought and problem-solving abilities are all that are needed.
Pupils should form themselves in to teams of between 1 and 4 people. We firmly believe that solving the problems should be done collaboratively and that team-work is an important part of mathematics!
When registering, each team is asked to supply the contact details of a teacher at their school. This is so we can keep in contact with the schools who enter the competition, including notifying the prize-winners.
If your school has a mathematics club or society then the competition would make an ideal activity for them.